It's looking less likely than ever that we'll see the first repeat FedEx Cup champion in history, as Jordan Spieth bowed out of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship in relative anonymity Monday.
Spieth carded a two-under 69, which took him into the clubhouse in 24th place. If current projections hold, he will drop from fifth place to sixth in the FedEx Cup standings.
The 23-year-old, who tied for 10th at last week's Barclays tournament, hasn't won since May's Dean & Deluca Invitational. He's recorded just two top 10s since that triumph and remains chasing the unrealistic expectation of matching his historic 2015.
After recording a pair of 68s in the first two rounds to put himself in contention, Spieth stumbled Sunday to a one-over 72 before faring a little better in his final 18. Unlike Round 3, which saw him begin with three straight bogeys, Spieth's early mistakes only resulted in pars.
The Texan left a pair of birdie attempts within inches of the hole on No. 1 and No. 2 before finally getting to one under at No. 3. His next handful of holes played out in a similar fashion. Spieth left birdie attempts within two feet of the hole on Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 8. Included in that was a mistake-riddled seventh that saw him lose a chance at getting a four on the par-five hole.
Those mistakes compounded on No. 9, as Spieth took the turn at even par after he hit his tee shot in the native area.
Things briefly got brighter on a two-hole stretch at No. 12 and 13. He hit an excellent 23-foot birdie after a 317-yard tee shot right down the fairway on No. 12 and continued the momentum by striking his approach to within two feet on the 13th.
That lasted all of about two holes before Spieth missed a nine-foot par putt to bring his round back to one under. A pair of solid pars on No. 16 and 17 set the stage for him to close out his round in strong fashion, as he narrowly missed an eagle on the closing par five before tapping in from inside a foot for birdie.
His round paled in comparison to many of the leaders, who were going low on a day when the course conditions played in their favor.
It's more of a concern for Spieth's FedEx Cup chances that he does not seem to be at the top of his game from any aspect. He averaged 1.7 putts per green in regulation for the tournament and barely hit 60 percent of his fairways. Nearly all of his pre-green stats were below the tour average.
With two tournaments remaining before the FedEx Cup closes, Spieth still has a chance to round into form. After all, he didn't win any of the first three events last year before capturing the title at the Tour Championship. We could see a similar situation play itself out in 2016, which would put him in position to make history.
Tiger Woods is the only golfer to win the FedEx Cup twice, and not even he did it in back-to-back years. The playoff system has only been in place for a decade—so we barely got any #PeakTiger and certainly no #PeakJack—so it's hard to distinguish it on a historical perspective. But beating up on the best in the world on a week-to-week basis is hard; winning the FedEx Cup is a career-definer worthy of praise.
It just doesn't look like Spieth is ready to make history.