JORDAN SPEITH SEEKS TO LAND CAREER SLAM

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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and a host of major champions began preparations Monday in open practice rounds for the spotlight of super group pairings at the 100th PGA Championship.

 

An elite field gathers at Bellerive Country Club for the year’s final major tournament with three-time major winner Jordan Spieth trying to complete a Career Grand Slam.

 

What Spieth will be specifically looking for when he tees it up in the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club this week, is the career Grand Slam. He won the Masters and the U.S. Open three years ago—both before turning 22—and last year’s Open Championship a week before he turned 24.

 

The victory at Birkdale was the 13th of his professional career—11 in PGA Tour events plus two Australian Opens. Had he won the PGA at Quail Hollow three weeks later he would have joined golf’s most elite club. Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods can claim to have won all four of the modern majors. (Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam in 1930 consisted of the U.S. and British Opens and the U.S. and British Amateurs).

 

While 14-time major champion Woods trying to end a 10-year major victory drought in his comeback from spinal fusion surgery.

 

Add on-form McIlroy, a four-time major winner who was a runner-up at the Open Championship, plus reigning major champion Patrick Reed from the Masters, two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka and reigning Open Championship winner Francesco Molinari of Italy and it’s clear to see why expectations are high for a thrill-packed final major of 2018.

 

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