The Open: Spieth flies by the seat of his pants

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Teen sensation Jordan Spieth was due to play his first 18 holes at Muirfield today having had time to catch his breath after a sensational few weeks.

Former American Walker Cupper Spieth only qualified for the Open on Sunday after winning the latest event on the US Tour, the John Deere Classic.

That meant catching a flight straight away with no time to pack.

“I packed for one week. These are the pants I wore on Sunday and they haven’t been washed,” said Spieth.

Arriving in Edinburgh on Monday morning, he opted for sightseeing to give his body a rest and adjust to time differences.

“We were just kind of walking the streets,” said Spieth, who only turned pro in December but thanks to his weekend win now has a £548,000 prize, a two-year Tour exemption and an automatic invite to next year’s Masters having shot to world No. 59.

Spieth even has the respect of Tiger Woods, who said: “I think it’s fantastic for him. Being 19 years old and having an opportunity to not only have a chance to win his first tournament, but the way he did it and went out there in the playoff and got it done.

“It’s a pretty fantastic accomplishment.”

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