Time for the sniping to stop after Spieth’s Lone Star statement

We are talking here about a 22-year-old who already has two majors to his name and looks as though he can keep racking up victories for fun, yet since he let that winning position slip at Augusta National all we seem to have heard is the sound of people picking holes in Spieth’s game.

His critics say Spieth will struggle when he defends his US Open title in a fortnight’s time due to this year’s venue for the season’s second major, Oakmont, being widely regarded as the toughest course in America.

Each one of them is coming off victories in their last starts, with Spieth’s success having first been preceded by Day winning the Players Championship at Sawgrass then McIlroy claiming the spoils on home soil in the Irish Open.

As Spieth gears up for his US Open title defence, it truly is hard to believe that a full eight years will soon have elapsed since Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 majors.

We were reminded of that as Rocco Mediate, who lost to Woods in a play-off at Torrey Pines in that US Open at Torrey Pines, held off Colin Montgomerie to win the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday.

Rivalry will be renewed later in the year at Carnoustie in the Senior Open, the week after Day, Spieth and McIlroy lock horns in the Open at Royal Troon.