He joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three of the four major championships before turning 24.
He’s the most dominant 23-year-old since Tiger Woods.
But don’t think it’s easy.
Jordan Spieth scrambled his way to the British Open Championship, thanks to an unreal four-hole stretch down the back nine where he had three birdies and an eagle.
After taking home the Masters and U.S. Open in consecutive majors back in 2015, he threatened to go on a Tiger-like romp. Yes, he won his share of tournaments, but his most notable major moment over the past couple of years was blowing up at Augusta in 2016.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 24, 2017
Sunday, while clutching the Claret Jug, Spieth told CNN that holding anyone to Woods’ standard isn’t playing fair.
“We had one guy come in and make it look extremely easy and that’s Tiger Woods,” he said. “I wouldn’t expect that from other people and it’s almost unfair that he made it look so easy, it’s almost unfair to us because it’s just not.”
For a good part of Sunday, Spieth was on the verge of being compared to Greg Norman, as he lost a three-shot lead.
Obviously, the four-hole stretch is what everyone will remember, but it was actually a bogie that saved the tournament.
On the 13th hole, his drive went into the dunes. Spieth took the unusual step of taking an unplayable lie, and dropping a ball — on the practice range.
From there, he was able to save a bogey, to set up his historic run.
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“It took three really good shots and a lot of patience. We were able to do it and at that point I thought I stole one,” he said. “When you think you steal one when you’ve been given them away the whole day that’s a totally different feeling.”
Whether he stole it or not, during a major championship, it’s not about getting opportunities, it’s about taking advantage of them.
Once again, Jordan Spieth showed the rest of the golf world how to do exactly that.
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