Spieth hoping to join elite club

20 December 2017 19:06:45 GMTPlus10

Jordan Spieth will bid to become just the sixth player to secure the career Grand Slam when he turns his attention to the 2018 majors.

The 24-year-old captured the US Masters at Augusta National and US Open at Chambers Bay in a memorable 2015 season before adding the Open Championship last year when holding off fellow American Matt Kuchar in a thrilling finish at Royal Birkdale.

Since Augusta was added to the golfing calendar, the only other five players to win all four majors - US Masters, US Open, Open Championship and US PGA - are Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. 

Spieth would have been the youngest by eight months had he landed the 2017 US PGA but he wasn't concerned by that particular record; it's the titles he wants.

"Do I have to be the youngest? No, I don't feel that kind of pressure," he said in August.

"I believe I'm going to have plenty of chances, and I'm young enough to believe in my abilities that it will happen at some point."

Spieth won his first major at Augusta National two years ago and still believes it's the one that gives him the best chance.

"It's my favourite tournament. I like the elevation changes, the sidehill lies, the pull to Rae's Creek, the way it affects putts. It's imaginative golf. It's feel golf and I really enjoy that; when I can go away from technicality and towards feel, it's an advantage for me personally, compared to how I play other places," he added.

"I really love the tournament. It's pure golf."

Also runner-up at Augusta National on his debut there in 2014, Spieth finished tied second again in 2016 and was tied 11th this time.

Overall, his record in the majors reads: 20 starts, three wins, three seconds, a tied fourth and three further top 20s. Impressively, he's not finished worse than tied 37th in his last 12 majors.

Spieth is 11.00 to win his second green jacket at the 2018 Masters. He's 15.00 for the US Open at Shinnecock, 15.00 to defend his Open crown at Carnoustie and 17.00 to complete the career Grand Slam by taking victory in the 2018 US PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club.

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