Augusta - He got a look at it last year
only to fall agonizingly short, but Jordan Spieth still says that winning all
four majors in the same year is possible.
The then-21-year-old Texan took the golfing
world by storm last year when he won the Masters and US Open and came close to
becoming just the second player ever, after Ben Hogan, to win the first three
majors of the year at the British Open.
He finished the year with a 1-1-T4-2 record
in golf's four crown jewels tournaments -- a performance that only Tiger Woods
in recent years has been able to match.
At just 22, he has a good 20 years, and
perhaps more, of top-level golf before him and plenty of other opportunities to
make golfing history.
Asked if the Grand Slam was achievable,
Spieth replied: "You know what, I would have said prior to last year, no.
"And it's very, almost, conceited for
me to say because of last year maybe. But we were so close and it was one break
here or there.
"Now we got the breaks this week, and
we certainly got the breaks at the US Open. It was a golf course where you
needed to get breaks at Chambers Bay. Here you have kind of got to create your
"We were really, really close. I had
control of my own destiny at The Open Championship. And then the PGA, I'll use
an excuse right now and say, there was a three-stroke difference in the draw.
"There might be someone someday that
comes along that's as dominant as Tiger was in 2000, 2001 and, yeah, if they're
just that good, you can get the breaks, and even if you don't, you can still
"Man, I got as good breaks as I could
last year and didn't pull it off. But we were very close."
The key to Grand Slam success, he added,
would be able to deal with all the attention that would be heaped on the head
of any player winning the first three majors.
"I think it can happen, but especially
with the way things have changed in the media and just the lack of ability to
stay private, if someone wins the first three majors, it's going to be very
difficult to shut out the noise by the fourth and to still play your own
Spieth's win at Augusta National last year
was a stunning achievement as his 18-under total matched the best ever, set by
Tiger Woods, and he became the second-youngest Masters winner after Woods.
And although the Texan will start his defence
without a tournament win since the start of the year, he feels like his game is
coming together nicely.
"Going to try and just use last year
as momentum," he said.
"We know we're capable of playing this
place. We have proven it to ourselves the last two years. So the focus is on
this week, and we feel as confident as probably ever.
"So the game actually feels better
right now than I think it did last year on Tuesday, so that's good if we can
keep it consistent."
Spieth has a comfortable mid-morning start
in Thursday's third round in the company of England's Paul Casey and fellow
22-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, a US amateur.