JORDAN SPIETH is lining up this week at the US PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic ahead of his quest to win his third consecutive major championship.
The 21 year old American won this event in 2013 to kick start what has already become a memorable career and reckons he gave no thought to sitting it out in favour of an alternate British Open preparation.
“I committed to this event well ahead of time, never really crossed my mind to drop out,” the reigning US Masters, US Open and Australian Open champions said.
“I felt like I’ve played well in the Open Championship the last couple years having played at the John Deere right before and competed. The first year it was on the end of a four-week stretch going over there, and I just ran out of gas, and then last year I just didn’t have my best stuff.
“So this year I believe that if I can work myself into contention just as I did in the previous two majors, I don’t think it matters where it is, as long as I can get myself in contention, find out how I’m performing, what kind of minor tweaks I need to do, if any, the first couple days at the Open Championship to get ready for the major, then that’s the plan.”
With arch rival Rory McIlroy now officially out of The Open due to is ankle injury, the odds on Spieth winning his third straight major have considerably shortened.
The John Deer Classic at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, has attracted a number of other British Open hopefuls, including Aussies Steven Bowditch, Rod Pampling and Greg Chalmers.
Compatriots Aaron Baddeley and Cameron Percy will be hoping to be the one John Deere participant offered a British Open start by finishing in the top five and not already being exempt.
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