Jordan Spieth: I handed back the Claret Jug… but only for a week!
- Jordan Spieth won last year’s Open by three shots, having led wire-to-wire
- He defends that title at Carnoustie this week – he is there for the first time
- Spieth handed back the Claret Jug on Monday before the tournament begins
There have been many times during his reign as Open champion when Jordan Spieth has relished all the traditions of office.
The ceremony that took place on Monday, however, was certainly not one of them. ‘I never knew there was a presentation to hand back the trophy,’ he smiled.
‘It wasn’t an enjoyable experience. It’s done now and I hope the trophy will only be out of my possession for a week! The traditions of The Open are very special, even if I was on the wrong end of that one.’
Jordan Spieth returned the Claret Jug on Monday as he gears up to defend his Open title
Spieth is at Carnoustie for the first time in his career ahead of this week’s tournament
Spieth claimed last year’s Open by three shots, having led wire-to-wire at Royal Birkdale
Spieth, 24, is enduring a miserable run of form that has seen him fail to muster a single top-20 finish since coming third at the Masters. His response was to take the last three weeks off, and recharge his batteries. ‘It was clear that it was time to take a step away,’ he said.
‘I had got very technical and very into making everything perfect instead of the way I normally play, and I feel like the break has done me a world of good.
‘I went to Seattle, where my little sister was cheering at the US Special Olympics, and I got to walk down the 18th hole at Chambers Bay with Michael (Greller, his caddie).
‘It was cool to relive those memories of winning the US Open there three years ago.’
Spieth arrived at Carnoustie on Sunday to plot how he will defend his title
The Texan worked off the jetlag in Paris at the weekend, playing the Ryder Cup course with US captain Jim Furyk.
On paper, his chances of a successful title defence appear slim, but Spieth remains bullish.
‘Is my ball-striking as consistent as it has been? Probably not,’ he said, ‘but it doesn’t have to be to win The Open because it requires so much feel. If I play to the right spots and give myself chances, it can be enough.’
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The 147th Open takes place at Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, from 15-22 July and you can be there to witness history by securing your ticket at TheOpen.com/Tickets