Spieth on McIlroy: “I want him at the British Open”

Matt Cohen | Site Editor

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Jordan Spieth deserves a ton of credit for his public comments in the wake of Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury. Rather than point to the obvious, which is without the defending champion at St. Andrews Spieth becomes the odds-on favorite, the 21-year-old went the other route.

Spieth says Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury will “dampen” the Open Championship, and hopes his main rival for the Claret Jug will recover in time.

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“For me, it doesn’t change anything,” Spieth told the Golf Channel. “It’s still just as challenging. It’s still a major championship and there is a lot of unbelievable talent. I obviously wish he was there.”

“It kind of dampens it. You want the defending champion, much less the best player in the world at the event.”

“You want all fields to be full strength no matter who it is. Losing the number one player in the world for a major championship would be tough.”

Wow. That’s some sportsman. Not that you’d expect Spieth to publicly come out jumping for joy that McIlroy got hurt. But still, give credit to Spieth for showing how tough a competitor he is. Between them, Spieth and McIlroy hold all four majors, which made the anticipated showdown at St. Andrews all the more compelling.

McIlroy has already withdrawn from this week’s Scottish Open. His status for the British Open next week likely won’t be determined until early next week at the earliest.

The 2015 Open begins on 16 July at St Andrews in Scotland.

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