Jordan Spieth may not be getting links experience the week before the British Open at St. Andrews, but that doesn't mean the world No. 2 isn't trying to hit shots he'll experience at the Old Course.
Spieth has put a driving iron into his bag this week at the John Deere Classic with the expectation that he could try it out a few times before hoping to use it more in Scotland. He did that on Friday, hitting that driving iron on a 241-yard approach at the par-5 second hole at TPC Deere Run. It landed to 4 feet, leading to an eagle as part of Spieth's second-round, 7-under 64.
"I would typically use a hybrid on this course, but I want to get some swings with this club," Spieth said afterward. "I had a great number there just to launch it up the right side of the green. Obviously lucky just to coast the perfect distance, but nice to capitalize with a three."
The weather conditions at the Home of Golf will certainly be different compared to Illinois, but Spieth feels that his strategy of playing in the States will still afford him enough time to figure of the Old Course before he vies for the third leg of the single-season Grand Slam.
"It may be good for me to have a limited amount of time there just to get some feels," Spieth said. "Feel like I got a good amount of practice in and I'll be able to adjust to the speed and the conditions there. I feel like I'll be able to do that in a couple days."