Don't get him wrong.
But Spieth, who won the Masters and
His rationale? It's often the case that the weather is so unpredictable, so susceptible to change between the morning and afternoon, that there's a luck-of-the-draw element, depending on tee time.
"I've kind of seen a bit of everything in four years' time," said Spieth, who has finished tied for 30th, fourth, 36th and 44th in the British Open. "To say that it may be the easiest of the majors to win, if you had to pick a major, just because the draw can take out half a field. But the type of golf you have to play is totally different than what we see in the other three majors. You have to have a lot of imagination and a lot of ball-flight control.
"So I'm not saying it's easy based on competition or anything like that, I'm strictly saying that because a lot of the time some of the field is thrown out and you're actually playing against a smaller field, your percentage chances go up."
The oddsmakers at Ladbrokes certainly believe in Spieth. They had him as the favorite to win at 14 to 1, ahead of
Many Open winners drink out of the winner's trophy.
Last year's winner, took the trophy in the drink.
"It's an iconic trophy, so to bring that around the world, it's been many memorable moments due to that," he said. "I think the Jet Ski is probably the goofiest and most fun we've had with it."
And he has a bolder idea in the works.
"I've made an official promise that if I ever win the Claret Jug again, I'm going skydiving with it," he said. "And I don't know which is going to be harder, winning the Claret Jug again or going skydiving afterwards because that thought scares me a little bit. It won't stop me from trying to win it, though."
Rory McIroy has won three of the four major championships — everything but the Masters — including the British at Hoylake three years ago. He was once the hottest golfer in the game. He has been on a cold streak lately, missing back-to-back cuts at the Irish Open and Scottish Open. Since taking five weeks off after the Masters, he has missed the cut in three tournaments and finished 17th in a fourth. What's more, he's dealing with a rib injury.
Oddsmakers have him at 20 to 1 to win this week, meaning he's in the unfamiliar position of being a relative long shot. And he understands why.
“If I was a betting company and I saw my form over the past few weeks, you would say, `Yeah, that's probably a fair enough price,’” he said. “But, again, all it takes is one week for those odds to go back to, I don't know, 7 to 1, 8 to 1 at Quail Hollow [the club in Charlotte, N.C., hosting the
"So. as I say, good week to back me."
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Maybe the biggest rising star on the
Among his inspirations? He's a huge Eminem fan. Understandably, though, he was reluctant to recite some lyrics when asked to do so in a news conference this week.
"There's a lot of lyrics in my mind … ," he said. "Especially with the language that is spoken in those songs, I don't really want to say anything bad on TV or anything. But song-wise, there's two of them that I like to listen before every round and that would be `Not Afraid' and ' 'Til I Collapse.'"
"Most of them are [about] not giving up and fighting your way through," Rahm said "And in my case it gets me to the mental state that I need to be to play golf."