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Jordan Spieth is finding form at just the right time ahead of the 150th Open.

Spieth shot four-under, including two back-nine eagles, to move into contention at the Genesis Scottish Open on Saturday, in the process raising hopes he could lift a second Claret Jug at the Home of Golf next week.

According to the three-time major winner, there is no better preparation for the Open than winning the week before.

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“Links golf is my favourite kind of golf and I don’t know of any country that has more fantastic links courses than Scotland,” he said following his third round.

“It is the history of golf so it would be meaningful to win Scotland’s national championship, but it’s now one of the biggest international events of the year. I’m just happy to be in position.”

“The history, but also the back nine playing back into town,” he replied when asked what he’s looking forward to most about next week’s historic championship.

“Hitting over a hotel on a hole and trying to keep it off the cars on the next.

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“It’s one of the most relaxing tee shots off the first and you get to 18 and you think it’s going to be the same but when there’s something on the line it’s its own unique test.

“It can be the easiest major venue we play but it can also be the hardest.”

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