Spi­eth re­turns with claret jug, con­fi­dence high

Strong field awaits at Bridge­stone be­fore first shot at ca­reer Grand Slam.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Doug Ferguson Spi­eth

Jor­dan Spi­eth is one week away from a shot at the ca­reer Grand Slam. He’s more in­ter­ested in look­ing be­hind him. Spi­eth re­turned to Dal­las with the claret jug, and it wasn’t more than a few hours be­fore he al­ready had watched high­lights — twice — of his Bri­tish Open vic­tory at Royal Birk­dale. The first time was when he couldn’t get to sleep. Then, cad­die Michael Greller woke up and they watched it to­gether.

It was no less amaz­ing, from the bo­gey he sal­vaged with a shot from the prac­tice range to the birdie-ea­gle-birdie-birdie streak that fol­lowed.

And it gave Spi­eth a chance to set the record straight on Wed­nes­day.

He play­fully dis­puted the no­tion that he was 100 yards right of the fair­way on No. 13, as tele­vi­sion com­men­tary sug­gested.

Spi­eth aimed for the right rough on the 13th hole

MICHAEL OWEN BAKER / AP

Ja­son Wit­ten is one of just two tight ends in NFL his­tory with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards re­ceiv­ing. Tony Gon­za­lez, for­merly of the Chiefs and Fal­cons, is the other.

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