Jordan Spieth on Eve of Open: “Don’t Compare Me to Tiger”


When Jordan Spieth tees off early Thursday morning, he’ll do so with a chance to become only the second player ever to win the first three legs of golf’s Grand Slam (Ben Hogan in 1953).

Naturally in golf, the en vogue thing to do is compare modern day accomplishments to previous greats of the game.

Spieth, the youngest player to have captured the Masters and U.S. Open can match Tiger Woods’ record for most wins before age 22 on Sunday. A humble Spieth however isn’t buying into comparisons with Woods.

“I think the parallels that are drawn between me and Tiger are unfair,” Spieth said at St Andrews on Wednesday morning. “That’s not something that, in my mind, is necessary.”

“I think that’s something that people are looking for but is not there with anybody right now because it’s something I don’t think that can be compared until at least midway through their career.”

Spieth also talked about his decision to play in the John Deere Classic (which he won) rather than opt for the Scottish Open. The decision meant Spieth didn’t arrive in Scotland until Monday.

“I think coming over earlier certainly could have helped,” said Spieth, who has four victories this year. “I just liked the fact that I could go somewhere where I could play hard and possibly win a PGA Tour event in preparation.

“But certainly more time on this golf course couldn’t ever hurt anybody.”

Spieth tees off at 4:33 a.m. EST with Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama. ESPN has coverage of all four rounds.

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