Rejuvenated Spieth fishing for his first WGC title

Faith Castro
August 5, 2017

"I split a hole that was 60 yards in front of me and cut it to get onto the green", Spieth said.

Despite that three-putt on the last McIlroy took just 27 putts in an opening round where he looked extremely confident on and around the greens. "My focus is on (winning) the PGA Championship".

With so much attention on Spieth's victory in the British Open and the prospect of the 24-year-old Texan becoming the youngest player to have all four majors, it's easy to overlook that he hasn't lost a tournament in six weeks.

"So I get somewhere near the right line, obviously it's a bit of luck for it to actually go in from that distance".

It's next-to-impossible to not just win three tournaments in a row but also your first after a major that I can't recommend Spieth to win, but roll the dice on a Top 10 finish. We played Quail Hollow in May before. Johnson won previous year two weeks after his U.S. Open title when the World Golf Championship was held in late June because of the Olympics. He has missed three tries at his own career Grand Slam at the Masters, taking fourth in 2015, sharing 10th in 2016 and seventh this year.

"I think this week and next week, it's probably my favorite two-week stretch of the year", McIlroy said.

"(I) have a couple of Wanamaker trophies.

For now, he goes after a hat trick.

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Rory McIlroy will also be at Firestone, after his shock firing in the last few days of his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald, who was with him for nine years and all four of his Major triumphs.

"It's a big change". Firestone has been a part of his life ever since.

The 28-year-old has said that he wants to be more independent on the course and pointed to that after his opening round in OH, saying: "I'm taking a little bit more responsibility on myself and there were a couple of times where I probably should have hit another club, but that's on me, not anyone else".

- Rory McIlroy had his best friend on the bag and his best start on American soil in 18 months.

"I feel like I've started to turn a corner with how I played at the Open", McIlroy said. It's an OH home game for the Aussie this week and having talked to Jason a couple of times at Birkdale I also feel a big win is close. Time and again over the first 27 holes he failed to take advantage of drives that were finishing 40 yards past his playing partner, Open Champion Jordan Spieth.

With such a deep field, though, contenders can be found anywhere on the odds list. I'm still in a slight state of disbelief at Jordan Spieth's ability to produce extraordinary moments when nothing is going for him but that's testament to his remarkable mental strength. Sure enough, no one broke par, as Jay Hebert won with a score of 1-over 281. Casey had a good start to The Open but fell away on day two, he also had a good US Open plus he has a solid record around Firestone.

"In no way, shape or form do I think I'm anywhere near that, whatsoever".

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