Spieth: It’s mind boggling
Jordan Spieth is relishing the challenge of the Old Course as he looks to continue his calendar Grand Slam quest.
The world number two heaped praise on the 463-year-old course, saying it is remarkable how the course as truly stood “the test of time”.
“The golf course specifically, it’s just mind boggling that it can stand the test of time and still host major championship centuries after it was built,” the 21-year-old told Sky Sports.
“It’s just had minor tweaks here and there. It has yielded very low scores, which is why it’s advantageous.
“To feel like you are making a lot of birdies, to feel like you need to so you can be a bit more aggressive than you would normally start a major championship.”
The Texan has experienced the Old Course before, but that was just one practice round in 2011, a year before he turned professional.
“When I played it four years ago, I was in a different position and can take more chances, now I have to pick my spots,” said the two-time Major winner.
“The only thing I’ve heard so far is it’s playing softer than usual, that’s kind of nice. I loved it, the town, the club house, the Himalayas putting green. The entire experience of being there for two days was really cool.”
Spieth is coming off his fifth PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic and is looking to become just the second golfer to win the first three Major championships of the year. Ben Hogan achieved this feat in 1953.
Meanwhile, Paul Casey believes the only thing stading in the American’s way is fatigue.
“The only thing that’s going to be against Jordan would be the jet-lag,” revealed the Englishman.
“Fatigue is going to be the only thing that gets in his way from having a great championship this week.
“He’s young enough where he’ll probably overcome it with a good night’s sleep. Coming off a win like he is from last week, that’s massive momentum. He certainly hasn’t done any damage. We’ll see how it pans out come Thursday.”
Spieth is paired with US Open runner-up Dustin Johnson and Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama for the opening two rounds of the Open Championship, which tees off on Thursday.
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