Open champion Jordan Spieth does it his way in quest for greatness

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 25, 2017

He bemoaned Tiger Woods for making winning look easy, labeling his countryman's exploits "almost unfair".

While the golf world is still coming to terms with Jordan Spieth's staggering Open victory and debating whether the American's last five holes represented the greatest finish in the history of the majors, Jordan Spieth is looking forwards not backwards.

But the majority of Nicklaus' message harped on what went down at No. 13.

Spieth was tied with Matt Kuchar, the other competitor in his pairing, and he tried to block out memories of the last time he had frittered away a final-round lead at a Major.

Woods posted on Twitter: "What an incredible way to come back and win". Those are the intangibles and things I just don't understand.

When Spieth roared out a 'Go get that, Michael!' after holing a monster eagle putt on the 15th, the final brutal blow that brought Kuchar to his knees, he wasn't just barking out an order to an employee.

The nadir of his collapse arrived as he carved a drive way right into high dunes on Royal Birkdale's 13th before declaring the ball unplayable.

Greller felt it necessary to remind Spieth of his own star quality after a wobble on the front nine at Royal Birkdale saw him lose his three-stroke lead inside four holes after a trio of bogeys.

The swashbuckling Spaniard was dubbed the "car park champion" because of a shot he played from a parking lot after a miscue during the tournament.

"The turning point was 13, " Greller said.

Jordan Spieth will likely, one day, complete the Grand Slam and he will surely become a golfing great, but that is why the comparisons are needless and the path he must take is obvious - he must be the Dallas born, basketball-loving guy he is. "I don't know if I would have figured out to go over to the driving range on that shot". The resolute, resourceful caddie gets to see the good, the bad and the ugly of this wonderfully humbling pursuit.

"I can't say he is Tiger-esque because there is really only one Tiger Woods, but he is starting to perform like Tiger", Harmon said.

"Jordan semi had the wheels falling off on 13 with that tee shot". Which if he wins, would be the seventh and youngest golfer to complete the Grand Slam (Nicklaus, Woods, Hogan, Player, Sarazen and Jones).

"Tons of motivation", he said. I think they told me it took 21 minutes. "We're in form and it's only a few weeks away".

"I think it was the most special", agreed Greller when asked if that was the most magical stretch of golf Spieth has ever produced.

"It was the best opportunity that I'd had since the 2016 Masters and if it hadn't gone my way then all I would have been questioned about - and thought about and murmured about - is that, which would have added a lot of pressure".

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