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Spieth Not One to Complain About U.S. Open Conditions

Posted by Javier Morales on 6/18/2015 7:10:08 AM

Many of the golfers in the 115th U.S. Open did not take a liking to Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., following their practice rounds earlier this week.

Masters champion Jordan Spieth approaches the tournament with a different mindset.

“If you’re going to talk negative about a place, you’re almost throwing yourself out to begin with because golf is a mental game,” Spieth told reporters earlier this week. “The U.S. Open is about as challenging mentally as any tournament in the world. So you have to go in with enough confidence to get yourself into contention.”

Chambers Bay, located at a former gravel pit, has the look of a links course without trees lining the narrow fairways. Golfers have complained of unpredictable drying fairways and uneven greens. The concern is that by the final day Sunday the course will play hard and fast.

Spieth, with savvy unbefitting of a 21-year-old, maintains a positive outlook buoyed by the Master championship two months ago. His results since are mostly positive although he missed the cut at the Players Championship. He rebounded from that with top five finishes at the Crowne Colonial and Memorial after that.

He is one of the 11 players in the field who has competed at Chambers Bay. He played there in the 2010 U.S. Amateur, where he shot a round of 83 and lost in the first round.

Moreover, Spieth’s caddie – Michael Greller – is a former sixth-grade teacher in the same Puget Sound area. Greller was married two years ago near the first hole at Chambers Bay and Spieth was in attendance.

Spieth spent most of his time practicing on the 18th green during his final practice round Wednesday. He tried putts from every angle. The green has significant size and elevation in the far end of the green from the tee will cause putts to roll backwards.

His best finish in his three previous U.S. Open appearances was No. 17 last year at Pinehurst, where he shot a final round of 73 to fall out of the top 10.

The opportunity to win golf’s Grand Slam of majors, after claiming the Masters title, is not lost on him.

“I have a chance to make history in many ways,” Spieth said.

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