Jordan Spieth of the U.S. examines his lie as he stands on the road on the 17th hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lee Smith
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Forget about Tiger v Phil or Rory v Ricky. With respect to Messrs Woods, Mickelson, McIlroy and Fowler, the 144th British Open that begins Thursday at St Andrews in Scotland is about Jordan v History.Jordan as in Spieth. If the 21-year-old American phenomenon lifts the trophy, he will become the first winner of golf's first three major tournaments of the year -- the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open -- since Ben Hogan in 1953 .If he also wins the PGA tournament next month in Wisconsin, Spieth will stand alone as the only man to win all four professional majors in one year, golf's fabled grand slam.In 1972 Jack Nicklaus won the Masters and U.S. Open, only to succumb in the British Open to Lee Trevino's miracle chip-in on the penultimate hole.Five years ago the then-unheralded South African won the last Open played at St Andrews.This year he has played poorly in his two most recent tournaments but in last month's U.S. Open, Oosthuizen finished tied for second, just one stroke behind Spieth.Oosthuizen won the 2010 Open by seven shots.
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