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THE CLARET JUGGERNAUT; Jordan won't lap up US Open win for long - he has St Andrews in his sights HAUL OF FAME superstar spieth now halfway to historic grand slam.


WHEN Jordan Spieth last arrived in Scotland for a Major championship he didn't even have clothes for his back.

Two years ago the young Texan stumbled dizzily into Muirfield.

Smacked by emotional exhaustion and jet lag, Spieth was still coming to terms with being on Scotland's east coast.

At the age of 19, he had just emerged from Zach Johnson's private plane having been bundled on within an hour of winning his maiden event in a five-hole play-off at the John Deere Classic.

It was a win that earned him automatic entry to The Open in 2013 and an unexpected trip across the Atlantic.

Spieth's mum at least had an idea.

She had packed his passport ahead of the John Deere just in case but her son wasn't ready.

Standing half asleep next to the ninth green after managing just half a round of Tuesday practice, Spieth was sporting the same khaki trousers he wore when he had won two days earlier.

All he had with him was one jacket, one jumper and a bag full of dirty T-shirts. Spieth was heading for a laundry in North Berwick, a kip and waiting for extra clothing supplies to arrive from his sponsors to get him through the week.

Two years on it'll be a very different story.

The American superstar will arrive at St Andrews as the hottest property in golf with a Green Jacket in his luggage thanks to his Masters triumph and a cloak of supreme confidence after adding the US Open on Sunday.

Incredibly, Spieth is halfway towards an unprecedented calendar grand slam after winning his second Major in succession with a dramatic one-shot success at Chambers Bay.

The world No.2 became just the sixth man in history after Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win The Masters and US Open in the same year, as well as the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to land multiple Majors aged 21 or younger.

And he will now head into the Open Championship next month just a few miles up the east coast from Muirfield at St Andrews aiming to succeed Rory McIlroy as champion and go one better than Arnold Palmer, who won The Masters and US Open in 1960 and finished second in Fife.

Spieth can't wait and said: "To go to the Home of Golf in the next tournament is the sole focus.

"But I guess you can't win them all unless you win the first two.

"We will go to St Andrews looking to win the Claret Jug. I believe we will be able to get the job done if we get the right prep in.

"I am just in shock that I am the one holding the trophy."

Spieth's amazement came after an astonishing climax at the much-criticised Bay.

Sitting in the scorers tent having finished he could only watch as compatriot Dustin Johnson had an eagle putt from 12 feet to pip him and win it by a shot.

Johnson missed but remarkably also missed the one back for a three-putt to hand Spieth the crown.

Spieth said: "Once Dustin's first putt missed, I thought we were playing a Monday play-off."

Instead within seconds, Spieth was being mobbed by family and minutes later hoisting the second Major in two months above his head.

He added: "I closed the door and we went away from any cameras when it was happening.

"My caddie Michael Greller just said, 'Dude be positive.' I was sitting there going, 'I think Dustin is going to make this, what did I do? How did I possibly let this happen?' "He said, 'Be positive. You just never know.' "I was sitting with him when that second putt missed. My eyes were wide looking at the TV screen and he was silent as well.

. The eight year and seven of. He since on the the age "We didn't really know what to do. Then he got up and said, 'Dude, give me a hug, you did it.'" Spieth also paid tribute to Greller's influence throughout the week. A Washington state native who caddied for amateurs at Chambers Bay on a gap year from teaching high school maths, he later took to the professional ranks and linked up with Spieth. Spieth said: "It was really cool. It's amazing.

"What a special place for Michael.

spiethstat Texan has played rounds in Majors this led or co-led after them.

He was married here. He shared arguably one of the best moments of his life here.

is the second player 1940 to win four times PGA Tour before of 22.

"I was able to add to that history he has at Chambers Bay.

"That was probably the best work Michael has ever done this week to get me through. At Augusta National I was on, making everything and striking the ball fantastic.

"He was the one that got me through this week when I got down if things weren't going well."

Now the pair will roll into the Home of Golf halfway to legend.

Americans are already dubbing it the potential Spieth Slam and the class act from Dallas has admitted he'll arrive in Scotland floating on cloud nine as he goes for an astonishing hat-trick.

Spieth said: "I have never experienced anything like this.

"It's incredible to win a Major and you only get a few moments like this in your life.

"So to have two in one year so early on is hard to get your head around.

"Both are special for different reasons. This one hasn't sunk in yet. I truly don't know which is bigger.

"But I do know this is an incredible time for me and a special time for me from the conclusion of the final round at Chambers Bay until St Andrews starts."

POULTS FURY IAN POULTER took to Instagram to angrily accuse US Open organisers of lying about the condition of the controversial Chambers Bay greens.

The Ryder Cup hero said: "If this was a regular PGA Tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday.

"I don't like it when people lie on camera to try to save face."


GOOD JORD Spieth with the US Open trophy, left, and he celebrates with caddie Michael Greller who helped him to glory
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Date:Jun 23, 2015
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