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Easy Tiger: Spieth pays tribute to legend Woods

TWO OF A KIND: Tiger Woods, left, with Open winner Jordan Spieth

NEW OPEN champion Jordan Spieth, 23, has paid homage to golf legend Tiger Woods.

Fresh from his win at Royal Birkdale, Spieth bemoaned Woods for making winning look easy, labelling his countryman’s exploits “almost unfair”.

Earlier this month 14-time major winner Woods, who spent 683 weeks as world No. 1, dropped out of the top 1,000 in golf’s official world rankings for the first time in his career.

After his third Major success, Spieth said:

“We had one guy come in and make it look extremely easy and that’s Tiger Woods. I wouldn’t expect that from other people and it’s almost unfair that he made it look so easy, it’s almost unfair to us because it’s just not.”

Meanwhile, four-time Major winner Ernie Els believes Spieth could emulate Woods and take his tally into double figures.

The American is three-quarters of the way to the career Grand Slam, joining 18-time major winner Jack Nicklaus in becoming one of just two players to win three majors before the age of 24.

Spieth can surpass Woods as the youngest winner of a career grand slam by claiming next month’s US PGA at Quail Hollow and Els believes he can elevate himself to the same level as Woods.

“Who knows where he’s going to end. He could go really big. He can go up to the 14 mark majors,” said the South African.

“When you get on a roll like that, guys (opponents) kind of start knowing that you know how to win, almost like Tiger where people can maybe feel like they can’t do it against Jordan because he’s been up there a few times now.

“Myself in 1995 I had a three-shot lead going to the PGA and couldn’t get it done. 1996 I missed out with another very narrow loss (at The Open). I kind of stalled, I only got four, but if you get the momentum going the other way you can go win a boatload.”

Spieth recovered from losing a three-shot lead inside four holes and being one behind with five to go to win by three from Matt Kuchar.

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