ORLANDO – Jordan Spieth couldn’t wait to get back to work last week.
The former World No. 1 and three-time major champion had taken three major steps forward in his quest to regain residence in golf’s elite neighborhood after falling from the upper ranks at a steady – and alarming – rate the past three years.
His fall was so dramatic – he hasn’t won since the 2017 Open Championship – that he didn’t qualify for last week’s World Golf Championships-Workday Championship, the first WGC he wasn’t eligible for since 2013.
But having tied for fourth in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, finishing in a tie for third in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and notching a tie for 15th in the Genesis Invitational in three consecutive weeks, the 11-time winner on the PGA Tour went to the range with gusto. He also decided to add this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational to his playing schedule for the first time in an effort to keep his momentum humming.
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“I didn’t feel rushed to try and get out and grind,” Spieth said Wednesday before his pro-am round at Bay Hill. “I was able to really take a couple…