The American could yet join a select list of players to have won three majors in a year.
There’s an exclusive clubhouse somewhere high up in the clouds. Bob Torrance is giving lessons just outside and Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris are stalking the fairways. Ben Hogan sits inside, twiddling his thumbs. It’s lonely waiting for someone else to join you as a winner of three majors in a year.
Of course, Tiger Woods did the same thing in 2000. While some have claimed his game is dead and buried, the man himself is still out there, trying to grind out a score. He’s got his place at the clubhouse booked at least.
Jordan Spieth had designs to win four majors when he arrived at St Andrews, never mind three. The Old Course, though, proved unforgiving.
A par on 18 at the Open was not enough to ensure the likeable 22-year-old forced a play-off. However, Spieth has another chance to secure three-quarters of the majors on offer this year at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
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Hogan, though, was the first man to achieve the feat 62 years ago. The PGA Championship was the title that eluded him that year as a combined score of -25 won the first three tournaments.
Needless to say golf was different then, as it will be 62 years from now. For one thing the PGA Championship overlapped with the Open.
Spieth was denied the slam by a combination of his misfortune and others’ brilliance. Hogan was denied by logistics.
He was also 41 years old and still suffering from a horrendous car crash that almost killed him in 1949.
The Open win at Carnoustie assumed a significance that still resonates today. Although Hogan was the first to fall just one short, there was little he could have done about the situation. The Championship in Scotland would also be his last major victory.
Great players came and went, changing the game and becoming immortalised. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player became something of a holy trinity, winning all four majors between them in 1962.
Nicklaus soared to eighteen majors and Player took nine, but none won all or even three in one calendar year.
Then there was Woods. Starting at the 2000 US Open, he won four majors back-to-back and earned his place alongside Hogan.
His face adorned the front cover of video games and his moniker became synonomous with greatness.
Now, fifteen years later, Spieth is going for the third and last available major to him of 2015.
The whole of golf now expects and with good reason.
Whistling Straits will make or break yet another shot at history for Spieth, but it won’t stop him in the long run.
Hogan might want to start pulling a third stool up to the clubhouse bar.