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Jordan Spieth trying to find his legs at British Open

July 16, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Jordan Spieth has had a busy couple of weeks.
Jordan Spieth has had a busy couple of weeks. (Michael Cohen / Getty Images )

While much of the British Open field has spent the past few days playing practice rounds, Jordan Spieth is still trying to catch his breath.

The 19-year-old qualified at the last possible moment by winning the John Deere Classic in a playoff Sunday, his first PGA Tour victory. Then he hopped on a jet and flew overnight across the Atlantic.

"I play 18 tomorrow," he said Tuesday. "I just couldn't do it today. My legs were still trying to recover."

In the meantime, Spieth has been catching up on sleep, walking around town and doing laundry. Playing this season up til now on exemptions, he left home almost two weeks ago with one week's worth of clothes, played the Greenbrier Classic, got in the John Deere and then punched his ticket to Scotland.

"These are the pants I wore Sunday -- haven't been washed," he told reporters. "Starting tomorrow, everything [will] be fine." 

Spieth might need to buy a bigger suitcase because Tour veterans expect him to win more often in the near future. Phil Mickelson spoke about his game on Tuesday.

"It's not about pretty. It's not about making the most perfect swing," Mickelson said. "It's about hitting shots. And that's what he did under pressure. I love and respect that."


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