Spieth's special IQ will see him through, says Faldo

Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:36pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Jet-lag will be no obstacle for Jordan Spieth at this week's British Open because he is young, fit and strong and possesses a special golfing IQ, according to former world number one Nick Faldo.

The 21-year-old Spieth flew to St Andrews on Monday, a day after registering his fourth victory of a remarkable season in the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Illinois.

Six-times major winner Faldo dismissed any idea the American wonderkid might be drained by his recent exertions.

"It's amazing, when you're that young, you would say, one good night's sleep to get over jet-lag and he'll

probably be fine tomorrow morning," the Briton told reporters.

Some critics have suggested Spieth made a mistake by playing in Illinois immediately before attempting to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three majors of the season but Faldo sees it differently.

"If he believes that's the way to do it, then that's the way to do it," said the triple British Open winner. "That's the way Jordan Spieth wants to do it, guess what? It's right.

"What he's doing is phenomenal. He's confident, he's seeing the right shot, he's visualizing the shot...and he keeps churning out good shots.   Continued...

Jul 13, 2015; St. Andrews, Scotland, GBR; Jordan Spieth tosses a large inflatable golf ball to the fans  on the 4th hole during a practice round for the 144th Open Championship at Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports