Jordan Spieth: Focusing on John Deere Will Help for Challenge of British Open

Kathy BissellCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2015

Jordan Spieth after winning the U.S. Open
Jordan Spieth after winning the U.S. OpenEzra Shaw/Getty Images

"I committed to this event well ahead of time, never really crossed my mind to drop out," said Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic. 

He does not believe it will hurt his chances at the British Open. In fact, he thinks it will assist him in his preparation.

"I believe that if I can work myself into contention just as I did in the previous two majors, I don't think it matters where it is, as long as I can get myself in contention, find out how I'm performing, what kind of minor tweaks I need to do, if any, the first couple days at the Open Championship, to get ready for the major, then that's the plan. I just want to get in contention here," he said about what he expects from this week.

"When I get over there, whether I play well or don't play well has nothing to do with what I did the week before," Spieth insisted. "I will certainly have enough energy."

The time change from Silvis, Illinois, to Scotland, he said, should not bother him. He said he will have enough rest between Sunday and Thursday. One change he did make in scheduling was not to play four in a row, ending with the British Open, which he did his first year as a professional.

This year, Spieth played the week before the Masters Tournament and took a week off between the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open, and he didn't lose his touch either time.

Since his victory at the U.S. Open, there has been a great deal of buzz about can he or can't he win the next leg of the Grand Slam. However, he is not looking ahead. He is focused on this week.

"I'm here because I believe I can win this week," he added. "I believe that it's advantageous for me to try and win this week and to get any kind of momentum I can or continue the momentum that I can into the Open Championship."

A lot has happened in Jordan Spieth's life in the last three months, and he admitted it has caused him to make a few adjustments. One change is that he has more demands on his time, more requests for autographs, more requests for media interviews.

"It's a little bit tough for me because I was so used to signing everything I can and taking the time, and now I can't," he explained. "I can't get to everything. I try and get to as many kids as possible."  

As the PGA Tour tells fans, after the round is completed and after players sign scorecards is the time for autographs. The round really isn't completed until the players officially sign. Errors on scorecards have cost players victories, the most famous example being Roberto De Vicenzo, who signed for the wrong score at the Masters, which gave the green jacket to Bob Goalby.

"It's easy after a round (to sign), after you play a round because you don't have anything the rest of the day," Spieth said.

In truth, if a player has finished and is in contention or has just won, there's a lot to do after that, starting with trophy presentations and media interviews. But Tuesday through Saturday, his statement is mostly accurate.

As far as his reaction to all the attention he's received after winning the first two majors of the season, he's trying to keep the blinders on and go about his business.

"I don't think it hurts me with the chatter, but I don't think there's any reason to pay attention to it, given that I haven't for the first half of this year, and it's gone pretty well," he said. "I'm just trying to do exactly what I've been doing."

In other words, he wants to keep on winning.

Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or from official interview materials from the PGA Tour, USGA, R&A or PGA of America.


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