An Open at St Andrews is so special, says Spieth

Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:27pm EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth may be just 21 years of age but there is no doubt he will go into this week's British Open fully aware of the historic significance of competing at the Home of Golf.

The sport's oldest major championship was first held at St Andrews in 1873 and the American is thrilled to be getting the chance of becoming the first player since 1953 to win the U.S. Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same season.

"This is arguably the most famous place in all of our sport," said Spieth at a question and answer session held on the outskirts of the iconic Scottish town on Tuesday.

"It's an incredible place. Playing the back nine coming back into the town there, and the last few holes especially, you recognize the history of not only the Open championship but also the golf course.

"People have been playing there for centuries, playing there before the United States was even discovered. That puts it into perspective, it's pretty amazing."

Spieth led from wire to wire in the Masters at Augusta in April.

His victory in last month's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, however, was achieved in completely different style as he benefited from a meltdown by Dustin Johnson who took three putts on the final green.

"I didn't really expect it there at the end, that was kind of a shocker," said Spieth who is an athlete for Under Armour apparel (www.underarmour.com).   Continued...

 
Jordan Spieth of the U.S. takes a rest on the fourth hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 14, 2015.    REUTERS/Eddie Keogh