Golf

Spieth 'free rolling,' feeling good about career slam chance

Posted August 9

— It’s been about five years since Jordan Spieth teed it up at Quail Hollow. He may be unfamiliar with the course, but he is well aware of the state of North Carolina.

“I came up here to go to Wilmington growing up every single year for a family reunion. (We'd) normally fly into Raleigh and drive through the state to get over there. I’ve got some family, my grandpa lives over there. I’ve been playing golf in this state since I started to play golf," Spieth said.

It was just two and a half weeks ago that Spieth won the Open Championship, and he did so without a fully effective game.

"I won without feeling like I was putting well at all," he said. "The last five holes, six holes was by far my best putting the entire week. But to feel like you can go in and win a major and feel as uncomfortable as I did for a lot of it over the putter, is extremely confidence building."

Immediately after the Open, talk of a career grand slam hit high gear. He has the Open title. He won the Masters and the US Open in 2015. All he needs is the PGA Championship, and the first opportunity is here at Quail Hollow.

"Expectations? I really don’t feel any," he said. "This whole, this is a chance to complete the career grand slam, I mean, I’m here so I’m going to go ahead and try. I can’t add pressure to this week. I’m free rolling, and it feels good. I’m about as free and relaxed at a major than I think I’ve ever felt."

To win the PGA Championship, Spieth understands he needs to find more fairways off the tee and show a solid short game. Those same challenges will face every golfer this week, but only one has a chance to become the sixth player to complete the career grand slam.

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