Spieth craves Claret Jug and third leg of grand slam

Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:49pm EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - Double major winner Jordan Spieth had a brief moment cradling the coveted Claret Jug 12 months ago and is longing to make his mantelpiece a permanent home for the trophy handed to the British Open champion.

A maiden victory in golf's oldest major this week would also send the 22-year-old one step closer to achieving a career grand slam.

"This is a very special tournament," Spieth told a news conference on Tuesday. "The Claret Jug is something I've held in my hands, I was with (fellow American) Zach Johnson the night he won it last year.

"I crave to have that trophy in my possession at some point and to reach a third leg of the grand slam this week would be a fantastic achievement and a lifelong goal."

Spieth arrived at the Open 12 months ago riding a crest of a wave, having bagged his first major titles at the preceding U.S. Masters and U.S. Open.

However, anyone looking to gamble a wager on him with the bookmakers this week may choose to think again.

"At this present moment I'll be brutally honest, it's not the same feeling I had when I was getting ready for the British Open last year," said the world number three.

"I believe in my ability that if I'm in contention, that I can bring my best stuff and take home the trophy.   Continued...

 
Golf - British Open - practice round - Royal Troon, Scotland, Britain - 12/07/2016. Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits out of a bunker on the fourth hole. REUTERS/Paul Childs