Could Jordan Spieth shock the golf world with the completion of the career grand slam at this years PGA Championship?
With Jordan Spieth coming into this week not having made much noise around the golf world year, it would take a big performance for him to be holding the Wanamaker trophy on Sunday. However, it is reasonable to think that he could go out and provide fans with some major excitement throughout the four days.
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Spieth made a surprise tie for third finish at last year’s PGA championship at the difficult Bethpage Black while having a above average putting week. This week has a similar test with TPC Harding Park playing long with some deep rough. Spieth will need to have his putter red hot in order to compete on a course that is not particularly well suited for him and will need his chipping to keep sharp as he is ranked 19th in strokes gained: around the greens on the year.
The largest factor that will determine whether Spieth will have a successful run at the career grand slam is his ability to avoid the big numbers.
Spieth is a dog when it comes to making birdies during a round but his lack of consistency off the tee and approaching the green leads to him giving multiple shots back on any given hole throughout a round. Just take last week for example at the WGC Fedex St. Jude, he shot a one over par 71 with five birdies and two double bogeys.
This has become the new normal for Spieth which will be a problem if he plans on making a run for the career grand slam this week.
If Spieth is able to remain consistent enough to avoid big numbers in his rounds he will make enough birdies that you may just see a major run for the ages.