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Jul 16, 2015

Spieth makes fast start as Woods toils early on

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American whizzkid Jordan Spieth, hoping to make it three major victories in a row, was quickly into his stride early in the first round of the 144th British Open on Thursday.

While the 21-year-old was flying high toward the top of the leaderboard at five-under-par through seven holes, former world number one Tiger Woods was struggling to get to grips with the Fife links.

Jul 15, 2015

Spieth rejects unfair comparisons with Woods

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth is trying to ignore the inevitable comparisons that are being made between him and former world number one Tiger Woods, the American whizzkid said on Wednesday.

When the 21-year-old Texan won the U.S. Masters in April he became the second youngest recipient of the coveted Green Jacket after Woods.

Jul 15, 2015

I won’t be sleepy in St Andrews, says Spieth

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth will draw on the memory of back-to-back wins at the end of last season when he begins his quest to become the first player in 63 years to capture the first three majors of the campaign.

The American said it would be a simpler task to cope with jet-lag at this week’s British Open than it was in November and December when he followed his victory at the Australian Open by finishing first at the Hero World Challenge in Florida.

Jul 15, 2015

Spieth impressively assured as he prepares for history bid

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Pressure? What pressure? That seemed to be the message Jordan Spieth wanted to send out as he prepared for his attempt to become the first player since 1953 to win the year’s first three majors.

Calm? Modest? Self-effacing? Witty? Grandfatherly, even? The 21-year-old American wonderkid was all of those as he gave an assured performance at a packed news conference on the eve of the 144th British Open at St Andrews.

Jul 14, 2015

An Open at St Andrews is so special, says Spieth

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.

Jul 14, 2015

Whatever the weather, red-hot Fowler ready to have fun

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – British Opens throw up a variety of weather conditions, sometimes all in the same day, and Rickie Fowler believes the key to being successful on a links course is to have fun and embrace the elements.

The young American goes into this week’s major championship as one of the hottest players in world golf, having won the prestigious Players Championship in May and triumphed in the Scottish Open at Gullane last Sunday.

Jul 14, 2015

Claret Jug the sweetest prize as Rose chases childhood dream

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Justin Rose will be chasing a childhood dream with a prize even more precious than a Mars bar or train set when he begins his pursuit of the British Open on Thursday.

The world number eight is the highest-ranked Englishman in the St Andrews field and his country’s most likely candidate to end a long, barren run without an Open winner, extending back to Nick Faldo’s Muirfield triumph in 1992.

Jul 14, 2015

Claret Jug the sweetest prize as Justin Rose chases childhood dream

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – Justin Rose will be chasing a childhood dream with a prize even more precious than a Mars bar or train set when he begins his pursuit of the British Open on Thursday.

The world number eight is the highest-ranked Englishman in the St Andrews field and his country’s most likely candidate to end a long, barren run without an Open winner, extending back to Nick Faldo’s Muirfield triumph in 1992.

Jul 14, 2015

Spieth must learn how to handle varying winds, says Woods

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American phenomenon Jordan Spieth’s hopes of capturing a third successive major title will depend mainly on his ability to handle the subtle wind changes at St Andrews, Tiger Woods said on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Spieth has played the Home of Golf on a simulator but is yet to complete a competitive round on the Fife links and Woods said he would quickly need to learn how to plot his way round at this week’s British Open.

Jul 14, 2015

Jordan Spieth must learn how to handle varying winds, says Tiger Woods

ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Reuters) – American phenomenon Jordan Spieth’s hopes of capturing a third successive major title will depend mainly on his ability to handle the subtle wind changes at St Andrews, Tiger Woods said on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Spieth has played the Home of Golf on a simulator but is yet to complete a competitive round on the Fife links and Woods said he would quickly need to learn how to plot his way round at this week’s British Open.

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