Spieth Ignores Superstition, Sips From Zach Johnson’s Claret Jug

Jordan Spieth
Spieth after the British Open. Source: Damon Green/Facebook

Jordan Spieth isn’t the superstitious type.

While sharing a private jet back to the U.S. on Tuesday, a day after finishing fourth in the British Open, Spieth drank from the Claret Jug while tournament winner Zach Johnson looked on.

Damon Green, Johnson’s caddie, posted a series of photos on his Facebook page as the group flew to Jacksonville, Florida. Spieth, who finished one shot out of a three-man playoff, and Johnson, 39, were joined on the plane by fellow Americans Webb Simpson and Jimmy Walker. All four were shown drinking from the jug, which was first handed out to the British Open winner in 1873.

Many golfers and other professional athletes are superstitious and refuse to touch their sport’s championship trophies, such as the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, if they haven’t won it.

Spieth, who turns 22 on Monday, won this year’s Masters Tournament and U.S. Open, and was seeking to become the first player to win golf’s first three major titles in the same season since Ben Hogan in 1953.

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