I mean no disrespect to co-leaders Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen or remarkable amateur Paul Dunne, but if you’re not rooting for Jordan Spieth to win the British Open on Monday, then you need your head examined.
Spieth was sensational on Sunday, carding seven birdies including four on the back nine. The 21-year-old shot a 6-under par 66, and at 11-under for the championship is just one shot off the three leaders.
So why are you a terrible fan if you’re not rooting for Spieth to win? Easy. I, and you, should be rooting to see sports history. If Jordan Spieth wins the British Open, he will become only the second player in history to win the first three legs of the Grand Slam – Ben Hogan being the other in 1953.
Why on earth would you not want to be witness to a once in a lifetime achievement?
Spieth struggled during round 2, which for him was a maddening weather-delayed affair that took place on Friday and Saturday. And by struggling, I mean an even par round 72. Spieth admittingly was erratic with his putter, but said after his round on Sunday that he figured out what was wrong.
“The birdie on seven I found out I was just missing a little left on my putts and I made an adjustment,” said Spieth.
“Before I even went through my normal practice I was out early [Sunday] putting to find out what it was and just put it a little bit better today. I feel a little bit more connected in my swing. Struck the ball very pure; better than I have this whole week leading up.”
Spieth had 37 putts during round 2 – that number was down to 27 on Sunday.
Jordan Spieth leads the world in par-saving putts.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) July 19, 2015
Spieth will go out with Jason Day on Monday; tee time is 9:20 a.m. EST. Even though he may not show it, the pre-tournament favorite is well aware of what a win on Monday would mean for the history books.
“I see it as something that’s only been done once before, and it was a long time ago. I think that to be in that category of having done something that you love to do and that you’re doing for your life, only one person has ever done it before, that opportunity very rarely comes around.”
So rare, that if you don’t want Spieth holding up the Claret Jug at the conclusion of the 144th British Open, you shouldn’t call yourself a fan.