Golf

Player backs McIlroy, Spieth for career Grand Slam

2018-01-18 20:35
Gary Player (Getty Images)

Cape Town - South African golf legend Gary Player is confident that Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth will both achieve the sport’s career Grand Slam milestone.

Player, 82, is one of only five golfers in history to have won all four majors - the Masters, US Open, the Open Championship and PGA Championship.

The other four are all Americans - Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.

In order to achieve the feat, Spieth needs to win the PGA Championship and McIlroy the Masters.

In an interview with the Sport360° website, Player said: “I always have high expectations for Rory. He has a magnificent swing and I like him so much. I’m pulling for him or Jordan Spieth to win a major this year and join the five of us on a Grand Slam.”

McIlroy, a four-time major champion and a former world No1 who has slipped to 11, endured an injury-ravaged 2017 after a stress fracture of a rib in his opening event of the year. He was also diagnosed with a minor heart ailment and did not play any tournament after the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the first week of October.

He is scheduled to return to competitive golf at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

“He’s got tremendous talent and I’m absolutely convinced he’ll win the Grand Slam,” added Player, who won nine majors in his career.

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