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ST ANDREWS---There was no escap-
ing Jordan Spieth even before he
arrived yesterday at St Andrews to
resume his pursuit of the Grand Slam.
Behind the practice range, one British
television network talked to any player
willing to stop. After a few gratuitous
questions about the weather (cool and
cloudy) and the Old Course (magnif-
icent shape), the reporter got to the
What about Spieth s chances?
"The odds are against him," said
Soren Kjeldsen, relying entirely on his-
Spieth is only the fourth player since
1960, the year Arnold Palmer proposed
the concept of the modern Grand Slam
in golf, to win the first two majors of
the year only to be stopped at the British
Open. Palmer and Jack Nicklaus (1972)
finished one shot behind. Tiger Woods
was in good position in 2002 until he
was blown away by the wind and rain
at Muirfield and shot 81 in the third
Spieth only added to the hype by
winning the John Deere Classic in a
playoff Sunday for his fourth win of
He flew on a charter flight from Illi-
nois with other players at the John
Deere Classic, arriving in Scotland about
10.30 am and checking into his house
before coming out to the Old Course
to a quiet reception.
In need of a shave---he s 21, but yes,
he shaves---Spieth and his manager
walked through a group of about 100
fans who camped out near the entrance
to the player lounge to get his auto-
graph. Spieth signed everything shoved
his way, turned and tossing the last
item to a delighted young British boy.
Nick Faldo walked over to him and
wished him well. A few fans congrat-
ulated him for his year, though this
wasn t exactly Tigermania, or even
Rorymania for that matter.
But then, Spieth is still relatively
His short game, particularly the put-
ter, is the envy of golf at the moment.
But he doesn t have the power of
Woods or Rory McIlroy, nor does he
deliver the magical shots Woods once
did that kept everyone talking.
He just scores. And he wins. And
that s what golf is all about, anyway.
Geoff Ogilvy was asked how he
would feel going into the final round
two shots behind Spieth compared with
going against Woods or McIlroy.
"It would be different. It shouldn t
be," he said. "There s more of an intim-
idation factor to Rory because he s going
to hit it 30 (yards) past you all day, and
it appears like he s better than you. Jor-
dan doesn t appear like he s better than
you. But his body of work proves that
he s better than everybody---well, maybe
everybody but Rory."
That now is in reach.
With his victory at the John Deere,
Spieth is within range of his goal of
reaching No 1 in the world. He would
have to win The Open this week to get
past McIlroy, who is out with an ankle
injury with no clear indication when
he will be able to return.
Only in this case, Spieth had to first
jump on a plane.
Not long after he won the US Open,
questions arose whether Spieth would
change his schedule and skip the John
Deere Classic so he could get to Scot-
land earlier. He never gave it a second
thought. He wanted competition at a
tournament where he picked up his
first win. He wasn t worried about jet
lag. He wasn t interested in changing
his routine for the sake of an extra prac-
tice round or two on a course that has
been around as long as golf has been
The R&A put Spieth in the same
group with Dustin Johnson and Hideki
Matsuyama for the opening two rounds.
Johnson had a 12-foot eagle putt on
the final hole at Chambers Bay to win
the US Open. He three-putted for par,
and Spieth was halfway home to the
More than the Old Course, the real
challenge is the players Spieth has to
beat. One of those figures to be Johnson,
who was asked what he thought about
the young Texan s chances in this
unlikely bid to win all four majors in
Woods is two groups behind them
with Louis Oosthuizen, who won at St
Andrews in 2010. Woods won the two
Opens before that on the Old Course.
They will be with Jason Day, who is
recovering from symptoms of vertigo
he suffered at the US Open. (AP)
LONDON---After winning titles
again on Wimbledon s grass,
Novak Djokovic and Serena
Williams showed they can cut a
Reviving a bygone tradition,
Djokovic and Williams busted a
move at the Grand Slam tourna-
ment s annual champions dinner,
dancing together to Night Fever,
the Bee Gees disco hit from the
1977 movie Saturday Night Fever
that starred John Travolta.
"I was very pleased," Djokovic
said at a news conference at the
All England Club yesterday, a day
after beating Roger Federer in the
final to collect his third Wimble-
don title and ninth at a major.
"Serena is a great dancer."
Williams, who won her sixth
Wimbledon trophy and 21st at a
major on Saturday, tweeted a link
to a photo of her and Djokovic at
the dinner, and wrote yesterday:
"congrats @DjokerNole we
brought back the dance!"
There used to be a formal ball
held each year at the end of the
tournament, and the men s and
women s singles champions would
dance there---but the musical part
of the proceedings was discarded
Djokovic called it a "tradition
that was a bit forgotten," and said
he suggested to Williams and the
chairman of the All England Club,
Philip Brook, that they bring the
As for the choice of song on
Sunday night, Djokovic said: "I
was thinking more of a waltz or
something, I would say, more
sophisticated, something that
blends in, in the environment and
the beautiful hall where we had
the dinner yesterday. But Serena
wanted to move a little bit more,
so then we considered other
options and Night Fever came
Williams ups lead
in WTA rankings;
Djokovic atop ATP
LONDON---Serena Williams has
widened her lead at No 1 in the
WTA rankings with her fourth
consecutive Grand Slam title at
Wimbledon, now holding more
than twice as many points as No
2 Maria Sharapova.
Novak Djokovic s third cham-
pionship at the All England Club
allowed him to retain his healthy
lead atop the ATP rankings on
Monday over No 2 Roger Federer,
the man he beat in the final.
Sharapova, who lost to Williams
in the semifinals, rose two spots,
while last year s champion, Petra
Kvitova, slid from No 2 to No 5
after exiting in the third round.
Garbine Muguruza, the 21-
year-old from Spain who was the
runner-up to Williams, moved
into the top ten for the first time
at No 9, an 11-spot rise.
The men s top 10 remained
unchanged, including Andy Mur-
ray at No 3, and Rafael Nadal at
Camilla donates Murray
wristband to raise
funds for charity
says a wristband worn by tennis
star Andy Murray during his
Wimbledon tournament and later
given to the Duchess of Cornwall
has fetched more than £2,000
(US$3,100) for an animal charity.
Camilla, the wife of Prince
Charles, grimaced as the chairman
of the All England Lawn Tennis
and Croquet Club handed her the
sweaty wristband tossed out by
the tennis star last Friday.
The British royal put her
memento, worn and signed by
Murray, on the online auction site,
eBay, where it attracted 45 bids
and sold for £2,100 yesterday.
Djokovic, Williams dance
at Wimbledon dinner
Steve Johnson beat Michael
Berrer of Germany 6-7 (6), 6-1,
6-2 in the opening round of the
Hall of Fame Tennis Champi-
Johnson is one of four seeded
Americans slated to play this week.
Two-time Newport champion and
top-seeded John Isner, No 4-seed-
ed Jack Sock, No 6 Sam Querrey
and No 8 Tim Smyczek are sched-
uled to play their opening matches
later this week.
Johnson broke Berrer s serve in
the third game of the second set
to take control. Berrer failed to
hold serve the rest of the set, then
was broken two more times in the
third. Johnson converted 6 of 9
"It showed a good bit of
resilience on my part to come
back," he said. "It wasn t looking
so great for the first hour."
On match point, Johnson raced
to the net and hit a shot that sailed
past Berrer to clinch the victory.
He s hoping it set the stage for
a good week for himself and his
"We always want to win and
help one another---winning breeds
winning and confidence," he said.
"If I see John win---Jack, Sam, you
name it, guys I train with---if they
can do it, why can t I do it? We re
all in the same place."
He was wearing a neon yellow
shirt and dark green shorts at the
only grass-court tourney in North
America and joked that "I just
wanted to blend in with the grass."
No 3-seeded Bernard Tomic was
upset by fellow Australian John-
Patrick Smith 6-3, 7-5.
The tournament is played in
conjunction with induction cere-
monies for the International Tennis
Hall of Fame.
Two-time major champion
Amelie Mauresmo of France heads
the 2015 class that s scheduled to
be enshrined during a center-court
ceremony before the semifinals
The 36-year old, who is now
Andy Murray s coach, won the
Australian Open and Wimbledon
in 2006 and spent 39 weeks at No
1 in the WTA rankings. Mauresmo,
hired to work with Murray last
year, is pregnant and unable to
travel to the ceremony.
Joining Mauresmo will be David
Hall of Australia, a six-time Par-
alympic medalist, and Nancy Jef-
fett, elected in the contributor cat-
Johnson advances at Hall of Fame
at St Andrews
...resuming Grand Slam quest
Jordan Spieth of the United States
walks to the second tee during a
practice round at St Andrews Golf Club
prior to the start of the British Open
Golf Championship, in St Andrews,
Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Wimbledon Champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia, left, and Serena
Williams of the US, dance on stage at the Wimbledon Champion
dinner, at the Guildhall, London, Sunday night. AP PHOTO
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