Jordan Spieth eyes career Grand Slam ahead of PGA Championship

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SAN FRANCISCO – It became a talking point as soon as he lifted the Claret Jug in the victory three years ago at the Royal Birkdale.One remains today for Jordan Spieth: to finish the golf career of the Grand Slam, with victories in the big four championships.

The PGA is the only tournament separating Spieth from the noble club of players who have accomplished the feat.

“It’s something that I really want. Probably the # 1 goal in golf for me right now is to try and capture that, ”Spieth said Tuesday after a practice round at TPC Harding Park, where the PGA Championship begins. Thursday. “I would love to be able to own all four trophies, and that’s the one that’s embarrassing me right now. “

Of course, Spieth, 27, could use a win anywhere.

The most recent of his 11 PGA Tour titles came at the Open in 2017, when it added to his past Masters and US Open wins, leaving only the PGA to finish the career slam.

Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won each of the four majors, with Nicklaus and Woods doing so three times each. Spieth would love to become the sixth to complete the feat this week.

Most would have found it hard to believe that he would go that long without another commander, let alone a victory of any kind.

“If you told me that, I would probably say this guy is a jerk and walk the other way, but here we are, and I hope to end it as soon as possible,” Spieth said.

When Spieth won the Open he was ranked second in the world. Two years earlier, he had won five times, including the Masters and the US Open.

Now Spieth is ranked 62nd in the world. He’s only had three top-3s in the past three seasons. His last Top 5 ranking was at the PGA Championship last year, when it was played in May.

“I almost sometimes feel like the game is testing me a little bit right now because I feel really good about the progress I’ve made, and then it feels like I will really have a shuffling, and then I’ll have where I used to hit a tree and go down the fairway, it will hit a tree and go out of bounds of the cart path, like on my last lap, ”a Spieth said. from here to there I’m taking some punches right now as I’m really moving in the right direction.

“I feel like you can look at it in a number of ways. You can be really upset and complain about it, which I did, and it’s not helpful, or you can watch it like, hey, that’s part of the game testing you, and the better you handle these situations the more quickly you progress. ”

As for the career Grand Slam, Spieth said he was not adding any pressure.

“It wasn’t really last year, and I had a chance to come back,” he said of the PGA at Bethpage. “It was probably my best chance to win so far, and it really didn’t have much of an additional effect on top of what the big leagues already add when you get off the tee on Saturday and Sunday when you are in contention. “

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