Jordan Spieth is playing in this week’s John Deere Classic, honoring a commitment he made earlier in the year to the site of his first PGA Tour win back in 2013. A segment of golf is questioning the wisdom of that decision — after all, Spieth is going for the third leg of the single-season Grand Slam and he’s only seen Open Championship host St. Andrews once, back in 2011.
However, Spieth has remained steadfast to his plan — which, by the way, has worked perfectly so far. As part of his quest to become the first player to win the modern Grand Slam in a year, Spieth has been using modern technology to help him prepare. Spieth has been practicing on the Old Course using a golf simulator in his Dallas home.
“Obviously, it’s not the same as being there, but at least I get to see some of the holes so when I get there I’m not too surprised,” Spieth said in an interview with Golf Channel.
Spieth said he has cranked up the virtual firmness and fastness to make it as challenging as possible.
Just the fifth player since 1950 to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam in a year, Spieth will take the John Deere Classic’s tournament-provided charter jet on Sunday night over to Scotland and hit the ground running to prepare for a run at his first Claret Jug.