British OpenJune 23, 2015

Before we talk Grand Slam, let's look at Jordan Spieth's record in the Open Championship

When Jordan Spieth secured his second major championship of the year to get halfway to the career (and calendar) Grand Slam at just 21 years old, an important question emerged: Does he have a chance at St. Andrews next month?

In Spieth's young career, he has played in the British Open just twice, and the results are not terribly encouraging. Then again, he hadn't won a Masters or U.S. Open before this year, either. So here are a few quick facts about Spieth's history at the British Open and where his chances stand:

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-- Spieth has never finished better than 36th in the Open. In 2014 at Hoylake, he placed 36th at two under par, and in 2013 at Muirfield, he placed 44th at 10 over.

-- Spieth never graced the top spot on the leader board at any point during his two Open Championship appearances. His highest position was when he was tied for ninth after shooting two under in the first round of the 2013 Open Championship.

-- Last year, he shot the lowest score of the third round at Royal Liverpool GC, a five-under 67.

-- Spieth had five double bogeys, 10 bogeys and 10 birdies in the 2013 Open Championship. He improved upon that last year with just one double bogey and 15 birdies, while bogeying 11 holes.

-- He has never played a tournament at St. Andrews. He did, however, play the Old Course before playing in the 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen. "I've played one round on St. Andrews, and it was when we were playing in the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen and we went as a team to visit St. Andrews first," said Spieth following his U.S. Open victory. "We played St. Andrews and Kingsbarns before going to Aberdeen. I remember walking around the clubhouse. It's one of my favorite places in the world. I remember walking around the R&A clubhouse and seeing paintings of royalty playing golf, and it was dated 14-whatever, 1460-something. I'm thinking, our country was discovered in 1492 and they were playing golf here before anyone even knew that the Americas existed. And that really amazed me and helped me realize exactly how special that place is. And that's what comes to mind."

-- At the aforementioned Walker Cup, another links course, Spieth went 2-0-1. He won both singles matches 3 and 2, and halved his foursome matches alongside Patrick Rodgers. Good thing he plays as his own team in the Open Championship, right?

Regardless, Spieth is eager to do well in this year's Open Championship at St. Andrews, and isn't lacking for confidence. In his press conference following the U.S. Open victory, he said, "I think that the Grand Slam, I think that -- I'm just focused on the claret jug now. This was somewhat of a British-style golf course, so are the next two majors. I've proven to myself that I can win on a British-style golf course now. Now I take it to the truest British-style golf course of any in the world. And I'm just excited for the opportunity coming then, and I'm not going to think about what could possibly happen after."

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