Spieth - don’t rule me out just yet

Jordan Spieth says he's not out of the hunt for the Claret Jug  (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jordan Spieth says he's not out of the hunt for the Claret Jug (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Jordan Spieth sounded an ominous warning to the Open challengers, saying he’s teeing up today still in the hunt for the Claret Jug.

Few would be foolish enough to write the American off ahead of a third round which he starts -5.

That score will probably see the 21-year-old tee of around five shots from the lead by the time he and playing partner Sergio Garcia begin at 1.30p.m.

And Spieth says that’s a score he’s more than capable of reducing on ‘moving day’.

He said: “I believe I’m still in contention - I still believe I can win this tournament.

“I really need a solid round, though, because Dustin (Johnson) is not letting up.

“Dustin is going to shoot a good round with less wind and I’m going to need to shoot a great round to really give myself a chance.

“If I can shoot something like a 10 under in the last two rounds, I think I still have a chance to win.”

Spieth, along with the rest of the players, spent Saturday kicking their heels while play was suspended due to high winds.

As every hour past it became more frustrating for those who, like Spieth, were yet to finish their second rounds after high winds had caused the balls to roll around on the greens like marbles in a bath tub.

One of those affected before the call off was playing partner Johnson whose ball rolled off the 14th green and forced him to surrender his lead early on Saturday morning.

Spieth was heard on live TV remonstrating with a course official after play was eventually suspended around 7.30a.m. yesterday.

“Had the R&A known what was going to happen they certainly wouldn’t have started us,” he said.

“The only thing they were able to go off was what the officials themselves saw when they were out there before we even got to the golf course.

“They were out there and balls were not moving, they were staying in position, so that means it’s playable.

“From what i saw video wise and with Dustin, that was not the case.”