• "If we wanted good weather we'd be in California," said Spieth
• Is expecting the unknown in adverse weather forecast on Friday
Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth says he is ready to embrace the difficult playing conditions anticipated on Friday and Saturday at St Andrews, joking that he’d be back in California if he expected a calm and trouble-free week.
The 21-year-old is eyeing the third leg of a calendar year grand slam at the Open and arrived at the Old Course on Monday following his fourth win of the year at the John Deere Classic.
And despite having little experience of playing the historic links, Spieth dismissed the possibility of the weather having a negative effect on him looking to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three majors in a year.
"If we wanted to get good weather we’d go and play in California" - Jordan Spieth
“I think it’s fun,” said Jordan Spieth. “If we wanted to get good weather we’d go and play in California. We come over here because we want to embrace the opportunity of handling these conditions.
“It looks like conditions tomorrow morning will be pretty nice so there’s a little bit of pressure to get off to a good start. Friday looks like it’s going to be brutal for everybody with rain and wind in the morning and extreme winds in the afternoon.”
Spieth was criticised by some in the American media for opting to honour his commitment of playing at TPC Deere Run – where he overcame Tom Gillis at the second play-off hole – saying it would’ve been wiser for him to arrive sooner in order to acclimatise and see more of the course, especially after winning the first two majors of the year.
However, the world No.2 said he was already over any jetlag that could affect him during the week, but did concede that he hasn’t been able to experience the course in differing weather conditions.
“The toughest part is here is the time change, and it’s only six hours,” said Spieth. “But I got up at 7.30 fine this morning, sleeping just fine and adjusting to the jetlag great. By tomorrow morning I’ll be 100%, which we knew ahead of time, otherwise I wouldn’t have played last week.
“Another hard part is the fact that we’ve had perfect weather playing this golf course, so it seems a little easier than it’ll play. I would’ve liked to see tougher conditions in practice rounds to get used to prevailing winds and wind switches. But that’s part of the fun and the adjustment.”
Jordan Spieth gets his quest for Open glory underway at 9.33am tomorrow alongside Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.
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