Spieth ready for Open graft

15 July 2018 23:04:03 GMTPlus11

Defending champion Jordan Spieth is relishing teeing off at Carnoustie in the Open Championship, even if conditions prove to be challenging.

The 24-year-old American claimed a three-shot victory at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago to secure the third Major title of his career and he has high hopes of mounting a strong defence of the Claret Jug in Angus next week.

Spieth told The Scotsman: "I've seen Opens at Carnoustie and why the golf course has a reputation and the nickname, 'Car-nasty' among the players for being so difficult.

"But I thoroughly enjoy links golf and The Open has always been one of my favourite events, so I am looking forward to the challenge I know Carnoustie presents, especially the finishing holes.

"As a competitor, you look forward to that tough but fair type of challenge, knowing that you can expect a little bit of everything over four days in Scotland, in terms of the conditions.

"People are talking about score-to-par and that shouldn't be important to us, as we are playing ourselves and the golf course - that's what we're focused on."

Spieth is somewhat surprisingly without a win since his triumph at Birkdale, while he recently missed the cut at the US Open, the first time he has done so at a Major since the 2014 USPGA Championship.

He is 17.00 to win a second successive Open Championship next weekend, with Rickie Fowler priced at 17.00 and Tommy Fleetwood 19.00.

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