Jordan Spieth could become just the sixth man to win all four majors in the modern era
Jordan Spieth Goes For Career Grand Slam At USPGA
Jordan Spieth has the chance to create history this year at the USPGA Championship.
The 25-year-old is bidding to become just the sixth man to win the Career Grand Slam when he tees it up at Bethpage Black, with the Wanamaker Trophy the only one missing from his major cabinet.
Spieth would join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player and Ben Hogan as modern slam winners, with Bobby Jones’ 1930 haul of the Open, US Open, British Amateur and US Amateur acknowledged as the original slam.
Many people may simply rule Spieth out this week due to what has been the worst stretch of his career over the past couple of years.
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He won five times in 2015, including two majors, won three times in 2016 and won three times in 2017 including at Royal Birkdale where he lifted the Claret Jug.
It is hard to imagine, but that Open victory, where he battled back after losing his lead mid-way through the back nine with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch, was his last win.
The three-time major winner, who had won two by the age of 22, has somewhat struggled the last couple of years.
Not only has he not won since 2017, but he has also dropped outside of the world’s top 30, something we all thought was unthinkable a few years ago.
So what is exactly wrong with the American’s game? Well there are some who say his lack of length off the tee leaves his margins of error too small when he is struggling with the putter and wedges. Perhaps that may be true – he currently ranks 84th on the PGA Tour. But what would be a better comment to make would be in regards to his accuracy. Currently he is 210th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy with a percentage of 49.5 of fairways hit. If he is going to win at Bethpage, this undoubtedly needs to improve.
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There are others who say his putting has completely gone and he has the yips. The stats suggest this isn’t true – he currently ranks 8th on the PGA Tour for total putts per round. What would be a more constructive criticism is that he needs improve his putting over the weekend in tournaments. During rounds one and two he ranks 11th and 1st respectively in total putts per round. However that significantly drops down to 160th and 95th for rounds three and four.
Spieth himself doesn’t really seem concerned about these criticisms, instead he is clearly trying to be as positive as possible heading into this busy schedule of golf.
“I feel like I’m playing better than my results are showing and that starts to kind of turn around over time as long as I’m patient with it.
“On the full swing, I’m just working out of the same stuff I’ve been trying to work out of. I was just really dug deep into a hole. I’m trying to climb out of it. It’s getting better I feel like with each rep now. Trusting it on a golf course is a little different from the range.’
So bearing all this in mind, could he ACTUALLY win the USPGA this week?
Given Spieth’s overall record in Majors, and his ability to play well despite being on his top form, he is always a difficult player to bet against.
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