Jordan Speith Likens His Triumph To Getting Away With Murder
Jordan Speith has likened his sensational Open triumph to getting ‘away with murder” after his miracle bogey at Birkdale on Sunday.
Speith, 23, admitted he was haunted by his Masters meltdown last year when he blew his lead and then yanked a drive wild on the 13th.
But the American, who rises to world no 2 after Sunday’s heroics, conjured a miracle escape to only lose one shot – and then went birdie, birdie, and eagle to leave compatriot Matt Kuchar in his trail by three shots in a hair-raising final head-to-head.
“Boy, this was eventful,” he said. “I don’t know how I made five there – I felt like I had got away with murder.
“You can imagine, thoughts come in from my last scenario when I was leading a major on Sunday. And never mentioned it, but all of a sudden it creeps into your head.
“And if it weren’t to go my way today, then all I’m going to be questioned about and thought about and murmured about is in comparison to that, and that adds a lot of pressure to me.
“Closing today was extremely important for the way I look at myself.”
His caddie Michael Greller was just as awed by the closing run, saying it was one of the greatest there’s been in the game, Mirror writes.
“That Is The Greatest Bogey I Have Ever Seen By A Mile. That Was Special. That Was The Turning Point. I Am Fortunate To Ride Shot-Gun With Him.”
Spieth thanked Greller for a recent trip to California where he spent time with sporting legends Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps.
“He said: ‘Do you remember that group you were with in Cabo last week? You’re that calibre of an athlete’”
“Michael Jordan and Michael Phelps are the greatest to ever do what they did, and I’m not. But if you believe that you are, then you’re almost as good as being that. I thought that that was so well said. It was just such the right time.”
Spieth, who turns 24 Thursday, would become the youngest player ever to complete the career Grand Slam by winning the US PGA next month.
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