News & ToursJuly 13, 2015

The Jordan Spieth Slam-o-Meter: Monday at the Open Championship

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Throughout this week, we'll update the status of Jordan Spieth becoming the first golfer to ever complete the calendar Grand Slam. Here's the vibe surrounding this young star from the Old Course on Monday:*

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The Good: Spieth is coming off a win at the John Deere Classic after basically spotting the rest of the field a round. After opening with a one-over-par 71 -- which at TPC Deere Run is probably the equivalent of a 75 at an average PGA Tour course -- Spieth shot 64-61-68 and beat Tom Gillis in a playoff. That gives Spieth two straight victories and four wins overall this season. This guy pretty much never has a bad week.

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The Bad: Much was made of Spieth's decision to keep his commitment to the John Deere Classic instead of getting to St. Andrews early for extra practice time on a course with which he isn't too familiar outside of playing at the Home of Golf on his fancy home simulator. He won't have the local knowledge older players have of the Old Course and he won't be able to overpower it like a couple of recent past champs here, Tiger Woods and John Daly. Of course, he figured out Augusta National pretty fast, and it's not like he's Corey Pavin off the tee.

Related: GolfDigest.com's British Open roundtable

Spieth Slam-o-Meter Rating: 6

After Spieth's win despite being in the ultimate looking-ahead situation, it's hard to find reasons to pick against him -- even if he's trying to pull off the improbable. Keep in mind, though, he still has to go through more than 300 opponents to close the deal. Spieth will play alongside one of his most serious challengers

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