Jordan Spieth has a chance to win to become the first ever to win the modern day Grand Slam. Only Spieth (in June), Arnold Palmer (1961), Jack Nicklaus (1972), and Tiger Woods (2002) have won the first two legs of the Grand Slam since 1958.
There are two schools of thought regarding his preparations:
1) He believes that playing and possibly winning at the John Deere Classic the weeks before the British Open is the best preparation for this event.
2) He should be in Scotland learning all about the nuances of St. Andrews, a course he has only played one round on. That is what Nicklaus and Woods did, and they both won two Opens at the Old Course.
Ironically, one of the big reasons why Spieth won the US Open at Chambers Bay is that his caddy was super familiar with the course. Assuming he will be using the same caddy for the British Open, then he will not have that advantage in the Open – and he will only have three days to prepare for Thursday’s first round (July 16). But who knows, maybe he will steal a page from Palmer’s book and use a local caddie who knew every inch of the course.
Still, IMO, Spieth should be there right now getting used to humps and bumps and mammoth greens of the Home of Golf.
Agreed – or not?