Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Jordan Spieth - The Open Defending Champion

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    Defending champion Jordan Spieth hopes taking the same holiday he did a couple of weeks before his Royal Birkdale success will produce a similar result.

    The American claimed his third Major Championship when he lifted the Claret Jug 12 months ago, but he has not won since.

    The 24 year old admits he has struggled with his game but feels a much-needed recent break has helped him refocus.

    "I went to Seattle. My little sister was cheerleading at the US Special Olympics," he said.

    "I hadn't been up to Seattle since the US Open at Chambers Bay [which he won in 2015] so I went out to Chambers Bay with Michael [Greller, his caddie] and we walked down the 18th hole and it was cool reliving those memories.

     I think that the Open has that unique title for their champion that no one else has...It's been an honour being introduced that way throughout the year - Jordan Spieth

    "And then I went to Cabo (in Mexico) with some friends like I did last year. I kind of went through the same schedule.

    "I had the itch to get back to it after a couple of weeks of not really working and it was nice to kind of start from scratch.

    "I feel like I'm in a position now with every part of my game, I attacked the places that really needed some strong work.

    "That combination with an Open Championship, the way it needs to be played, I think, is a really good spot for me to kickback into shape."

    Spieth returned the Claret Jug after 12 months as Champion Golfer of the Year, and while he is keen to retain that title, he admits the change of venue reduces his advantage as defending champion.

    “I think that the Open has that unique title for their champion that no one else has, and it's been that way for so many years,” he added.

    “It's been an honour being introduced that way throughout the year at different events, whether it's a PGA Tour event or other major championships.

    “It will be nice to always have that introduction here at the Open. That will certainly bring some good feelings and some chills on the first tee this week.

    “It's just a title that's very cool. Represents a goal accomplished. But I wouldn't say it changes anything by hearing that.

    “I haven't seen the golf course yet. If it's Augusta, obviously, you can draw back on certain memories, being in the same place. But at an Open, changing courses every year and different condition courses, and you obviously have different conditions throughout the week that some players get, some players don't. So they're very different golf tournaments.”

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