UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Bad news for everyone on the PGA Tour not named Jordan Spieth. The newly-minted two-time major champion will head to the Open Championship next month at St. Andrews licking his chops to continue his run at a Grand Slam.
Although Spieth has only played the Old Course once – while visiting Scotland four years ago with the U.S. Walker Cup team – he loves the place and relishes the opportunity to make history at the Home of Golf.
“I remember walking around the clubhouse,” Spieth said. “It’s one of my favorite places in the world.”
Spieth vividly recalls seeing a plaque on a wall of the clubhouse that referred to golf being played in Scotland in the 1400s and thinking, “Our country was discovered in 1492 and they were playing golf here before anyone even know that the Americas existed.”
Needless to say, the 21-year-old is jacked up to fly across the pond and take another swing at history. He will take the next two weeks off then play at the John Deere Classic the week before the Open, before taking the tournament charter flight immediately to Scotland.
“[Chambers Bay] was somewhat of a British-style golf course, so are the next two majors,” he said. “I’ve proven to myself that I can win on a British-style golf course. Now I take it to the truest British-style golf course of any in the world. I’m just excited for the opportunity coming and I’m not going to think about what could possibly happen after.”