Spieth's Date with Destiny Begins
Jordan Spieth's quest for the third leg of the Grand Slam continues at 2.20 this afternoon when he leaves the first tee in the company of Jason Day.
Spieth produced some superb golf in his 66 here in the third round at St Andrews and the reigning Masters and US Open champion now has a real opportunity to emulate the great Ben Hogan and become only the second player to have won the first three Majors in a calendar year.
Spieth lies just a single shot off the pace but to win his third successive Major title he will have to extract himself from one of the most tightly-packed leaderboards seen for years. Heading into the final round, there are no less than 14 players separated by three shots, and seven of them have past experience of winning a Major title.
Late last night, Spieth admitted he was relishing the opportunity to claim his third Major of the year.
“At this point, I’m free rolling,” he said. “I’m going to play to win. I’m not playing for a place. I don’t want to place third tomorrow. I want to win.
“On this course, I highly doubt somebody will break from the pack. It’ll be a pretty bunched leaderboard so I need to take my chances when I get them. I’m going to have to play aggressive golf.”
Spieth confirmed that to date this week his thoughts had been free of Grand Slam considerations.
“It hasn’t come up in my head while I’ve been playing yet,” he said. “I can’t speak for tomorrow, given it’s the last round, but, if it creeps in, I will embrace it and embrace the opportunity if it presents itself.
“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t look at it as a negative thing. I look at it almost as an advantage.
“Why should it add more pressure in a negative way? When some people talk about added pressure, they associate it with negativity. For me, I think it could be advantageous. You hit the ball a little bit further. You can really get your mind around a more specific target and block other things out.
“This opportunity very rarely comes round,” he added.
“I see it as something that has only been done once before, and it was a long time ago. I’d also like to have the chance to do something nobody has ever done. I want to be able to try to go into the last Major and do something that has never been done in our sport. That will be my fight tomorrow.”