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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 253
The American has both personal and tournament history in his favour when it comes to winning a second straight major. A confidence player who regularly parlays one good finish into numerous more, Spieth won his first and second majors in succession in 2015, and six past Open winners have also collected the PGA in the same year as their Claret Jug. Since winning the Open, Spieth has maintained that while the career Grand Slam is a career goal, when and where it comes is of little importance. That this week at Quail Hollow is the world No. 2’s last chance to beat Tiger Woods’ record as the youngest to achieve the extraordinary feat seems but a historical footnote for him. “It's easy to say right now, but if it happens next week, great,” he said. “If it doesn't, then that's my next and probably last lifelong goal as a professional golfer.” “I don't need to be the youngest.” That said, Spieth may not get many better chances to join the Grand Slam club, with his current form a cut above the rest, and a renovated host venue he describes as “a place which I really love”. The American won’t have it all his own way at Quail Hollow, as the PGA boasts arguably the strongest field of the year, with many of the top players in the world finding form of late. Chief among Spieth’s challengers will be Rory McIlroy, who possesses three parts of a career Grand Slam himself. McIlroy seems revitalised by his recent caddie switch and is a Quail Hollow specialist with wins in 2010 and 2015 and four other top 10s. Spieth’s nearest pursuer at Birkdale, Matt Kuchar, has been outstanding in the majors so far in 2017, with a worst finish of T-16 and the veteran American will hope to go one better than Birkdale and claim his maiden major title. So, too, will WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner Hideki Matsuyama, who has found form at the right time after a long stint of mediocrity following a blitzkrieg start to the season.
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