Jordan Spieth seizes the moment and the British Open with icy heat
In winning his third major title four days before his 24th birthday, Jordan Spieth faced down the demons of his Masters meltdown with a display of audacity on the final six holes at the Open Championship that combined fire and ice in a mind’s perfect harmony.
Jordan Spieth of the United States speaks after winning the British Open Golf Championship on Sunday at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England.
Golf is all about the head. It is the one sport that tests fine motor control with regular attacks on the very quality that controls it – confidence.
That’s why it simultaneously places a premium on both sides of the brain – the systematic left side with the emotional right.
You can’t win big in golf without some of both. And Jordan Spieth proved that today by winning the British Open. I love this kid. Not because of what he can do, but how he does it.
Jordan Spieth of the United States smiles during a press conference after winning the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England on Sunday.
Not yet 24, he has now won the first three-fourths of the career grand slam (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open) lacking only the PGA, something only seven others have done in the Masters era. And look at the names: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods.
Spieth has won three majors before the age of 24, something only Jack Nicklaus has done.
And he’s won three majors and 11 PGA Tour events before 24, something no one has ever done.