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Spieth fears British Open at St Andrews could be 'too easy'

Jordan Spieth of the US reacts on the first hole during second round. -- Reuters
Jordan Spieth of the US reacts on the first hole during second round. -- Reuters

London: Jordan Spieth has voiced concerns the Old Course at St Andrews could prove too easy a challenge for the world's best players when the 'home of golf' stages next week's 150th British Open.


The American will be bidding for a second British Open title to add to the one he won at Royal Birkdale near Liverpool five years ago.


There have long been fears that a combination of modern golf club and ball technology, allied to the greater fitness of present-day players, leaves many classic links or coastal courses that stages the British Open increasingly defenceless against a barrage of low scoring unless the weather comes to their aid.


Asked if the Old Course might be "too easy", Spieth, who just missed out on a play-off at the 2015 British Open at St Andrews, northeast of Edinburgh, replied: "Yeah, I think it might be."


"It's hard for me to tell given in 2015 we had so much wind that we couldn't even play. But I think if it's like it was this morning out here, it's just a wedge contest, really.


"It was not necessarily built for today's technology but I think that even a nice 10 to 15 miles an hour wind would do something to it and the fact that it doesn't look like we are going to get any rain, so I think the defence could be how fast it plays."


The 28-year-old, a three-time major champion, added: "It could get like Muirfield was in 2013, and I think that regardless of wind conditions, that would change the golf course significantly and make it challenging to hold fairways and greens." -- AFP


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