Spieth shows impatience of youth, wants major now

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 9, 2014 at 5:44 pm •  Published: June 9, 2014
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PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Talk about the impatience of youth. For 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, it's no longer good enough to be in contention for a major championship.

He's ready to win one.

Spieth was tied for the 54-hole lead at both the Masters and The Players Championship, the two biggest events on the schedule so far, but he couldn't hold it together on Sunday.

Now, he comes to the U.S. Open fully convinced that if he's in the same position, he'll be the one raising the trophy at the end.

"I believe that I can win this golf tournament," Spieth said Monday after a practice round at Pinehurst No. 2. "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."

Spieth already became the first teenage winner on the PGA Tour since the Great Depression, having captured the John Deere Classic at age 19.

If the Texan can conquer Pinehurst this week, he'd be the youngest major champion since Tom Creavy at the 1931 PGA Championship.

"I've contended now," Spieth said. "If I can get into that position, 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.

"I feel like," he added confidently, "I will be able to close this one out if I get an opportunity."

The U.S. Open is usually the toughest test among the majors, requiring a player to accept that par is a good score on most holes, that bogey isn't necessarily a bad result.

This is a tournament where you put away the ego, save those spectacular shots for another week, and know that the player who emerges as the champion will most likely be the one who makes the fewest mistakes.

Those traits usually require experience. Then again, Spieth has proven to have a very short learning curve.