Jordan Spieth may not be heading across the pond early to play St. Andrews, but he still hit a few shots recently at the Old Course.
Well, sort of.
Spieth has a full-swing golf simulator in his Dallas home, and he has played the Old Course a few times to get reacquainted with the most famous links in the world. He even cranked up the firmness on the fairways and greens to get a feel for his lines off the tee. (Click here for a video of Spieth preparing for the U.S. Open in his home simulator.)
“Obviously, it’s not the same as being there,” he said in a Golf Channel interview, “but at least I get to see some of the holes so when I get there I’m not too surprised.”
Spieth, who is the fourth player since 1960 to win the first two majors of the year, has played St. Andrews only once, before the 2011 Walker Cup.
Though he’s opened himself up for second-guessing by not heading to Scotland early, Spieth chose to honor a commitment he made earlier this year to the John Deere Classic, which first gave him an exemption as an amateur and then was the site of his first PGA Tour title. On Sunday night, he will fly on the charter the tournament provides to players who are also in the Open field.