Tuesday 20 February 2018

Jordan Spieth on links golf: It's more fun... you use your imagination more

USA's Jordan Spieth during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews
USA's Jordan Spieth during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews

Andy Hampson

World number two and tournament favourite Jordan Spieth has spoken of his reverence for St Andrews ahead of the 144th Open Championship.

All eyes will be on Spieth at the Fife links this week after victories in the season's previous two majors, at the Masters in April and US Open last month.

The 21-year-old's experience of the Old Course was limited to just one round prior to his arrival in Scotland on Monday but he is looking forward to competing at a venue steeped in golf history.

Spieth, speaking at a promotional event for apparel manufacturer Under Armour, said: "I think it is arguably the most famous place in all of our sport.

"It is an incredible place - playing the back nine coming back into town and the last few holes especially, recognising the history not only of the Open Championship but of the golf course.

"People have been there for centuries. People have been playing golf over there longer than the United States has even been discovered! That puts it in perspective, it is pretty amazing."

Spieth maintained his superb form with victory in the John Deere Classic in Illinois on Sunday but he insists he will take nothing for granted.

He said: "We are humbled week to week, playing with the best players in the world. It is so challenging and makes you really appreciate what you do.

"I didn't really expect it at the US Open at the end - that was kind of a shock, but it makes you appreciate it more because each week it is that just that hard to get into contention to compete with these guys. That is the joy and the challenge of it."

Spieth, who was joined on stage in a question and answer session by fellow professionals Hunter Mahan, Bernd Wiesberger, Matt Fitzpatrick and Gary Woodland, also enjoys the challenges of links golf.

He said: "It's very different. I think it's more fun. You can hit it farther, use your imagination more.

"It is also a great challenge because you are dealing with conditions more - trying to manage rain for a couple of holes, then you can have gusty winds, then it can clear up.

"We don't normally see a variety like that in the States. That is the challenge as well as playing this different style of golf. It is a lot of fun."

There was also an emphasis on fun at the promotional event, with the players invited to take shots at a glass target on the driving range.

Spieth also endeared himself to the locals by saying he "didn't mind" haggis, although he said his favourite foods were steak and chicken wings.

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