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Spieth plays down talk of new era


Jordan-SpiethJordan Spieth feels it is premature to talk about a new generation of players replacing the established stars of the world game.

Spieth enjoyed his breakthrough year as a professional in 2015 with multiple victories, including at the Masters and US Open, and ended the year ranked as the world number one.

Jason Day also took his game to a new level, breaking his major duck at the US PGA Championship, while Rory McIlroy bounced back from a summer injury to claim the European Tour’s Race to Dubai title with victory in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

The trio have been tipped to battle for honours over the next few years, much in the way that Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer did a couple of generations ago.

But, despite all his success, Spieth is refusing to get carried away and does not feel the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson should be consigned to the history books just yet.

“It seemed like everyone was searching to try to find a story or create a new generation as being the two, three, four, key players for it, but I still think it’s too early,” Spieth told the Straits Times.

“If we can continue to do it for another couple of years then maybe we’re deserving of that title but until you have multiple people in the same generation with Hall of Fame careers, I don’t think it’s necessarily worthy of saying that.

“I think the legends are made after the legends are done, and in order to be a legend we’ve got a lot of work to do still.”

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