Thursday 18 January 2018

Focus on Spieth as he tries to retain his US Open title

Jordan Spieth. Photo: USA Today Sports
Jordan Spieth. Photo: USA Today Sports

"This one will hurt. It will take a while," said Jordan Spieth when he let a five-shot lead slip, with nine holes to play, and finished joint second to a composed Danny Willett at the Masters in April.

But as he prepared for a potentially tricky US Open, defending champion Spieth appeared to have recovered his equilibrium. "I moved on," he said.

The media haven't let him forget his meltdown which became the talking point in interviews.

Spieth admitted recently: "It's very difficult to stay positive when those are the only questions." But his $1.2 million win in the Dean & Deluca Invitational two weeks ago has helped Spieth dispel any doubts and he begins his US Open defence today in positive mood.

Oakmont, with its fast greens, can be a sadistic course and is sure to be a challenge. Spieth knows that only one player, Curtis Strange, in '88 and '89, has won the US Open back-to-back in 65 years. But he's unfazed. "It feels like a normal week," he says. "I feel very confident about my game right now."

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