Jordan Spieth will try to make history at the US Open
The 20-year-old would be the youngest golfer in almost a century to win the US Open.
If Jordan Spieth can do the unthinkable and take his Masters magic about 10 holes farther and win the US Open this year, well, that would be historic.
It wouldn't feel historic because it doesn't feel like we've experienced much golf without Spieth of late but remember just a year ago The Kid was winless.
Two years ago he was ranked No. 720 in the world.
Now? He's the future of golf.
And yet that win at Pinehurst this week would still be historic. He would become the youngest winner since Gene Sarazen in 1922.
Jordan Spieth says his goal this week is to win. The last player to win the U.S. Open before age 21 was Gene Sarazen in 1922.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 9, 2014
But for Spieth, he acts like all of this is just old hat.
"I don't really notice the crowds or the people anymore, just in a couple of years of just playing in front of it here and there," said Spieth on Monday. "So as far as the stage, I feel very, very comfortable. I don't feel tension or nerves. I'm very excited and pumped to get going, but it's not nerves going into it."
My concern for The Kid is that his errors this year have been emotional -- both at the Masters and at the Players Championship. He's faded a bit because of emotion in both of those tournaments.
And as Michael Bamberger pointed out, it's sort of to your advantage to be boring as hell if you want to win a US Open.
Spieth actually thinks his experiences at Augusta and TPC Sawgrass will help him.
"The goal isn't just to feel the feelings and try to get the comfort level, now it's to really try and put into place what Augusta as well as The Players have taught me, just certain things on the course. Out here it's going to be even more difficult to stay patient, which has been the biggest thing that's led me to be successful in those two events."
Yes, that's a fair assessment. Add "self-aware" to the lengthy list of items in which Spieth has talent.
"This is the hardest tournament to be patient in, in the world. So, yeah, to answer your question, I think that -- I believe that I can win this golf tournament. I feel comfortable on this golf course. I think it fits my game. And when I step on the first tee that's what I'm trying to do.
"And if I get into contention, I'm definitely, by this point, am going to draw off any experience I've had, which now I do have a little experience. So that's only going to help me. And I feel like I will be able to close this one out, if I get an opportunity."
History is a wily maiden, but if anyone can tame her, it might be this fella from Texas. And if he does so this week at Pinehurst, you can let the hyperbole roll.
The Kid will be busy playing golf.
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