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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 253
A FTER capturing the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Jordan Spieth now possess three legs of the famed professional career Grand Slam. With a victory at this week’s PGA Championship, Spieth would join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods in one of golf’s most exclusive clubs. He would also enter the record books as the youngest member of that club. “It's a life goal of mine. It's a career goal,” Spieth said of winning all four majors. In addition to being the youngest, the 24-year-old would also become the only player to win their Grand Slam-clinching fourth major at the PGA Championship, and despite Spieth’s own positivity, such a feat seemed almost impossible to comprehend so quickly after the Texan’s collapse at the 2016 Masters. Many questioned if his failings at the iconic 12th hole at Augusta National would have a lasting impact on his career and his ability to finish the job at the majors, but his performance on the final day at Birkdale – where history momentarily appeared to be repeating itself – silenced critics and quashed any lingering internal doubts. “I knew that another major would be the one thing that would, I think, just completely, over the hill, you know, I'm capable of closing these majors out,” he said of his cathartic Open win. Despite an unremarkable tie for 32nd in his lone start at the Wells Fargo Championship held annually at Quail Hollow, Spieth enters the PGA as the hottest player in golf, and he sits as one of the favourites after wins at Birkdale in a fortnight ago, and the Travelers Championship in late June. “IT'S A LIFE GOAL OF MINE. IT'S A CAREER GOAL.”
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