Jack Nicklaus shares high praise for Jordan Spieth after Open victory

Monday July 24th, 2017
0:57 | Tour & News
Jordan Spieth wins Open at Royal Birkdale
Jordan Spieth made a comeback for the ages to win the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Jordan Spieth has made quite the impression on golf's greatest champion, Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus took to Twitter late Sunday evening—just hours after Spieth’s rousing victory at the British Open—sharing more than 350 complimentary words about his impressions from the event. That included a breakdown of the play between both players, how one must "learn to play links golf," and also how mature he thinks Spieth is for his age.

All in all, it was huge praise from the Golden Bear and a nice little addition to winning the claret jug for the soon-to-be 24-year-old Spieth. Below is the entire message that Nicklaus sent.

".@jordanspieth's @theopen victory was a great display of guts, determination and skill. This was very enjoyable to watch. Matt Kuchar was terrific. He played very steady, solid golf. Matt just couldn’t make any putts. But he played such good golf. I guess you could say Jordan provided all the excitement on both sides of it. ????

Jordan Spieth joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three legs of the career grand slam by the age of 24.
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Jordan semi had the wheels coming off on 13 with that tee shot. And while it did take him a long time between the tee shot and the next shot, Jordan figured out what to do. I don’t know if I would have figured out to go over to the driving range for that shot. That was an unbelievable decision and unbelievable 5. That putt was so huge. Much like Sergio Garcia’s par save at the 13th hole at Augusta National in the final round of the Masters, I believe Jordan’s bogey at the 13th hole today was the key to his round. He made that putt and all of a sudden he turned it on. It was as if he said, "Hey, I’ve let this thing get away from me. I’ve got to get back to work." Then he went boom, boom, boom…. To follow up that bogey on 13 with great golf shots and great putts, and play the final five holes in five under par, I was just very happy for him and very impressed to watch all that guts, determination and skill.

I think you have to learn to play links golf. Not only is it fun, but it’s also an acquired skill. You have to spend time learning how to do it and what to do in certain situations. It is a huge exercise in discipline. Much was said today about the fact Jordan and I were able to win three legs of the Grand Slam before the age of 24. But if you look, he’s won 11 tournaments and I had won eight before 24. If you look at his victory total, his win today and the way he won today, Jordan has shown an amazing display of maturity for someone so young, and he has been doing that for a quite a while."

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