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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 16, 2015
ST ANDREWS---With a
chance to match history at the
home of golf, Jordan Spieth is
trying to make the British
Open feel like just another
And that might be as tough
as any challenge at St Andrews.
The press room was at capac-
ity and spilled out the door
when he spoke to the media
Wednesday for the first time
this week, creating an atmos-
phere normally reserved for
Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy.
Fans gathered around a board
that listed the practice round
schedule, scanning up and down
until they found Spieth.
"Please hold the cameras until
after the shot," caddie Michael
Greller told the gallery. The
sound of shutters began at the
top of his swing, and Spieth
could only laugh when he
launched his tee shot. "It s like
this on every hole," he said.
The 21-year-old Texan does
not have the aura of Woods.
He does not have the accom-
plishments of McIlroy.
He still is the main attraction
at this British Open, and would
be even if McIlroy---the defend-
ing champion and No. 1 in the
world---were not out with an
Folks know their history at
Ben Hogan in 1953 is the only
other player to capture the Mas-
ters, US Open and British Open
in the same year. Only three
players since then---Arnold
Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and
Woods---have ever come to
Scotland with hopes of a Grand
Spieth knows history, too, as
much as he d rather not think
about it until he has no choice.
"I like to study the history of
golf, and it s extremely special
what this year has brought to
our team," he said. "And to have
a chance to do what only one
other person in the history of
golf has done...I m sure embrac-
ing that opportunity.
"But by the time I start on
Thursday, it won t be in my
head. It ll be about how can I
bring this Open Championship
down to just another event, get
out there and try and get myself
He set out for his final prac-
tice round on a cool morning
with an overcast sky, occasional
rain, and not much wind. There
is plenty of talk about how ready
Spieth will be for his shot at
history. He played two full
rounds and ten holes leading up
to the start Thursday. He played
the Old Course four years ago
on his way to the Walker Cup.
Then again, St Andrews has
rarely been this green, this slow,
because of recent rain. That
takes some of the roll out of the
fairway, and with it the unpre-
dictable nature of links golf.
Spieth is the betting favourite,
and it didn t hurt that he won
the John Deere Classic on Sun-
day for his fourth PGA Tour title
of the year. Whatever he lost in
study by not coming over early,
he might have gained in con-
fidence that not much has
changed since the US Open.
"Coming over earlier certainly
could have helped," he said. "I
just liked the fact that I could
go somewhere I could play hard,
and possibly win a PGA Tour
event in preparation. But cer-
tainly, more time on this golf
course couldn t ever hurt any-
The jet lag hasn t been a
problem. Besides, Spieth won
the Australian Open in late
November, flew straight to Dal-
las, went to Florida the next day
for the Hero World Challenge,
and beat an 18-man field of top
50 players by ten shots.
But this is a full field, and the
oldest championship in golf on
the links where it all began.
"Maybe a slightly bigger
stage," Spieth said.
The only concern is the
weather. It has been reasonable
all week, though the forecast is
for wind to increase up to 35
mph (55 kph) with shifting
"It seems a little easier than
I think it ll play," Spieth said.
"So I would have liked to see
tougher conditions in practice
rounds to get used to prevailing
winds and wind switches. That s
part of the fun and the adjust-
He dominated at Augusta
National and tied Woods record
score of 270 in a wire-to-wire
victory. In the final hour of the
US Open, he kept reminding
himself that he had won a major
and others in contention had
Now, the trick is to forget
about the green jacket and the
US Open trophy.
"When I step on the tee
Thursday, I don t look at this
as trying to win three in a row,"
Spieth said. "I look at this as
trying to win The Open Cham-
pionship at a very special place.
That s the hardest thing for me,
is trying to forget about where
you are because being here at
St Andrews and looking at the
past champions and who wins
Open Championships here,
that s elite company.
"And that s something I m
just going to have to forget about
more than the other two
ST ANDREWS---Tom Watson says the 2016
Masters will be his final tournament at Augusta
Watson made the announcement yesterday
during a news conference previewing what he
expects will be his last British Open.
The 65-year-old Watson says he no longer hits
the ball far enough to be competitive at the Mas-
ters. This year, he opened with a 1-under 71 but
soared to an 81 in the second round. He hasn t
made the Augusta cut since 2010.
Watson could play another five years at the
British Open by finishing in the top 10 this week
at St Andrews. He doesn t expect that to happen
and says his main goal is to just make the cut.
Watson is a two-time Masters champion. He
has won the British Open five times.
MOSCOW---Russian athletics bosses suspended
the country s top race-walking coach yesterday
after anti-doping authorities placed him under
In recent years, at least 20 Russian walkers
who trained under national team head coach Vik-
tor Chegin have been banned for doping offences.
In January, three Russian Olympic champion
walkers from Chegin s team were banned.
The Rusada anti-doping agency said Wednesday
he was suspected of possessing banned substances
and either providing or attempting to provide
them to athletes.
The Russian athletics federation s acting pres-
ident Vadim Zelichenok said his organization had
now suspended Chegin from coaching.
"Athletes will not be allowed to work with Che-
gin, or otherwise they come under sanctions,"
he said in comments reported by Russian agency
Chegin is already under investigation by track
and field s world governing body, the IAAF, whose
senior anti-doping manager Thomas Capdevielle
said in February he was "confident" Chegin would
The IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency
are also investigating Russian athletics as a whole
over allegations of systematic doping. Until now,
Chegin has been free to continue training Russian
athletes for this year s world championships and
the 2016 Olympics. (AP)
MOSCOW---The national anti-doping agency of
Belarus says that 800-metre runner Anis Ana-
nenka has been banned for four years for doping.
Ananenka came fourth in the 800 at the 2013
European indoor championships, missing a medal
by one-hundredth of a second. His ban is dated
from June 16.
The agency said on its website that Ananenka
had tested positive for the banned substance
GW1516, a drug which has not been ruled safe for
use by humans.
Studies found GW1516 to boost endurance in
rodents, but also that it caused rapid development
of cancer in test subjects.
The drug has previously been found in use by
professional cyclists and by Russian Olympic race-
walking champion Elena Lashmanova, who was
banned for two years last year.
United States' Jordan Spieth plays from the rough on hole 16
during a practice round at the British Open Golf Championship
at the Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Spieth trying to look at
British Open as another event
Belarus runner Ananenka
banned for doping
coach over doping
Watson says 2016
Masters will be his
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