No gum? No problem: Jordan Spieth leads The Open after 36 holes

Mike Murphy

Jordan Spieth revealed to us that the use of a Trackman was one of the keys to his day-one 65 and share of the clubhouse lead of The Open. But did anyone notice the excessive gum chewing and how it correlated to his demeanor?

Yes, Spieth seemed very even-keel when it came to watching stray shots off the club. He didn’t over analyze things with his long-time caddy Michael Greller, instead he only gave us the reaction of what a father does when he “is not angry…just disappointed.”

Here’s why, he was chewing the same piece of gum for the entire round. That’s almost as impressive as his round of 65, not many people can chew one piece of gum for more than an hour…this man did it for nearly six!

One thing is certain: Spieth must have been in such a zone that he forgot it was there…or the fact that it had zero taste by the back nine.

“I brushed my teeth and then I ate breakfast. And then I got out here and Cameron (McCormick) offered me a piece of gum,” Spieth said after round one. “I was 1-under through two, and I thought I better keep it in and it’s still in now. It’s probably about time for a new piece. Payne Stewart used to do it and it served him well. But I think mint has some sort of effect on nerves.”

On Friday, Spieth shot a one-under 69 and is the sole leader of the clubhouse. And he did it without the gum, however his tranquility remained a constant.

Check out this concentration on Spieth’s putt of the day, an eagle on 15 that would be the difference maker as he heads into Saturday as the outright leader of The Open.

The 23-year-old (24 in seven days), is in a great position. In the nine times he has held the lead after 36 holes he’s gone onto win five of those tournaments.

Gum or no gum Spieth looks dialed in, but I would go back to the gum…seems like it yielded better results.

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