Spieth Tips Johnson as Man to Beat
Jordan Spieth has tipped Dustin Johnson as the man to beat at this year’s Open Championship at St Andrews.
The 21 year-old World No. 2 waxed lyrical about Johnson’s golf after partnering him as his fellow American posted a seven-under-par 65 to claim the early first round lead.
However, Spieth, who is bidding to become the first player since Ben Hogan to win all three of the year’s first Majors, certainly cannot be ruled out either. He carded a fine 67 in which he recovered from a bogey on the 17TH with a birdie down the last.
“It was certainly nice to finish that way,” said the 21 year-old Texan. “I hit a drive that would have been in big, big trouble on any other hole. Luckily it was the 18TH at St Andrews and I got a good number. I walked the entire thing off because I wasn’t sure from the angle how far we had to go. To steal one back from 17, and to shoot even par into the breeze on the back nine, was pretty good.”
“I’m very pleased with the start,” added the man who won his first Major at this year’s Masters and then immediately doubled his haul with another victory at the subsequent US Open at Chambers Bay. “I saw a 65 in our group, and if DJ (Dustin Johnson) keeps driving the ball the way he is, then I’m going to have to play my best golf to have a chance.
“It’s hard to argue with someone who's splitting the fairways at about 380-yards and two-putting for birdie on five or six holes. I don’t have that in my bag so I’ve got to make up for it with ball-striking.
“The Open started today,” he added. “You needed to put yourself in good position to have some shots to spare because the forecast isn’t good. It’s definitely going to be brutal tomorrow. I think tomorrow is going to be a true Scottish day.”