By Scott Thornton
Honesty is always the best policy. And today, I’m flat out honest, as always.
Jordan Spieth is my favorite PGA golf today, and I am picking the next Texas prodigy to win the British Open at St. Andrews. This will make the 20-year-old phenom the first golfer in 62 years to win the first three major championships in a calendar year. We are talking about matching a feat accomplished by none other than Ben Hogan in 1953.
Hogan was magic, and Jordan is today’s dominant player with Rory McIlroy on the sidelines with a knee injury picked up during a friendly soccer event. I am impressed by both young bombers, but Jordan has a unique quality. You cannot help but root for the young, talentd man who won the Masters and the U.S. Open.
Put me down for picking Jordan, Ricky Fowler to finish 1-2 this week in the blustery, rainy conditions. It’s rare day when 2 Americans are favored in a European event, but I’m going with the young crowd. Tiger Woods, as mentioned in a previous column, is done. He will be lucky to make the cut when he has twice captured British Open crowns.
As a side note, I’m picking Jordan to capture 7-9 wins this season, lead the PGA money earnings list and record the lowest scoring average of any active player this season. He could notch 20 Top-10s and an average of 67.8 or better.
Not bad for a Dallas Jesuit graduate, UIL state champion golfer and a UT dropout. Go Jordan!