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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 154 - The Open preview
The final frontier looks more like the PGA Championship, where he’s missed the cut at both of his starts. But if Spieth can win this week at the home of golf, he’ll answer one of the last remaining questions from his short career so far. His two Open outings have yielded a best finish of a tie for 36th last year, but he’s not the same player that fronted up to Royal Liverpool 12 months ago. Brave commentators and journalists dared to question the Masters and US Open champion’s preparation, given he elected to honour a commitment to defend his John Deere Classic title, rather than heading to Europe to hone his links game in the week preceding the Open. But Spieth had a simple answer for that. “If I thought that I wasn’t going to play well next week because I played here, it would be a different story,” he said. “This is a good preparation for me to get good feels, to get in contention and to find out what’s on and what’s off when I’m in contention.” Acclimatising both his body and mind could be the biggest hurdle he’ll face over the next week, but he said the prospect of being one of the last players to arrive in Europe wasn’t fazing him. “The only downside here versus playing anywhere else is the adjustment to the time zone, but as long as I get over there and I have my schedule ahead of time, I’m going to have enough sleep by the time I tee it up on Thursday.” “I just want to get in contention. It doesn’t matter where it is. When I get over there, whether I play well or don’t play well has nothing to do with what I did the week before.” Find form – check. Get in contention – check. Win – check. Spieth has ticked every box before flying into Scotland. And with McIlroy taking himself out of the picture, the only man standing in the way of Spieth’s hat-trick of majors is probably the man himself. Betting agencies have him as a $7 favourite, which, given what we’ve seen over the past four months, seems generous. It’s folly to question his preparation. This year he’s taken breaks when he’s needed them, he’s enjoyed his successes and he’s done exactly what he thinks he needs to do to continue walking away with trophies. And he has been right almost every time so far. OTG THERE’S MOUNTING EVIDENCE THAT A ‘GOOD’ DAY FOR SPIETH MIGHT JUST BE THE BEST OF WHICH ANYONE IS CAPABLE.
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