ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Some questioned Jordan Spieth's decision to honor his commitment to the John Deere Classic, site of his first win on the PGA Tour in 2013, after having secured the first two legs of the career Grand Slam this season.
One side argued he needed to play the Scottish Open or at least come to Scotland early to get acclimated, be well-rested and ready for links golf. The other side argued a birdie-fest at John Deere could only further boost the 21-year-old's confidence (as if he needed it?).
But what do any of us know? Seems like Spieth is the one with all the answers, and after securing his fourth victory of the season and second Deere title, what hope do guys have facing him this week at the Open?
Paul Casey, who knows a thing or two about successfully navigating the Old Course (T-3 the last time the Open was held at St. Andrews), thinks Spieth will have no problem adjusting after his win.
"The only thing that's going to be against Jordan or the guys that have an advantage over Jordan would be the jet lag," Casey said. "I think you can argue either way for playing links the week before or not playing links the week before. Fatigue is going to be the only thing that gets in (Spieth's) way from having a great championship this week. He's young enough where he'll probably overcome it with a good night's sleep."
Casey, who has four top-5s this season including two playoff losses, comes into the Open well-rested, as he spent last week in London with his family.
"I'm fresh. I haven't actually over-practiced, which has kind of been a trend so far this year and helped me to really play some good golf. I've spent time with the wife and Lex, my little one, and they're here this week. Yeah, I've got a lot of reasons, or I should say no reasons not to perform well."
So what's the winning formula? Spieth's got one. Do any of the other guys?