Jordan Spieth is in dreamland….
Most golfers dream of winning a major championship at some stage in their careers, but the 21-years-old Texan is now dreaming of winning four – in a single season!
After his dramatic US Open victory at Chambers Bay yesterday, the Grand Slam is well and truly on.
Spieth arrived at Chambers Bay with the US Masters and the green jacket already safely secure in the locker and now he goes to St Andrews and next month’s Open with the majors hat-trick firmly in his sights.
And if he does triumph at the Home of Golf – and let’s face it who would bet against him on his dazzling current form – then Spieth will go into the season’s final major, the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August with the Grand Slam on the line.
The newly-crowned US Open champion Jordan Speith is firmly on course to create and re-write even more records and golfing history.
No player has achieved a modern Grand Slam in a single season though Tiger Woods at the peak of his powers captured all four consecutively over two calendar years.
The only player to register the ‘real’ Grand Slam (four majors in a season) was the legendary Bobby Jones though he achieved the feat before the Masters was born and at a time when the US and British Amateur Championships were considered major material. Today’s game is a totally different and considerably more competitive ball game….
With his confidence sky high, Spieth will again be the man to beat at St Andrews and Whistling Straits and USGA executive director Mike Davis, for one, believes that he can pull off the unthinkable.
He said: “Jordan is good enough to win the Grand Slam.Somebody who can win on a course like this and the Masters, these are just two different animals. And the thing about Jordan is, when you watch him, he doesn’t do anything spectacular. You look at his entire game and he does everything really well.”
Spieth is oozing with self-belief but won’t be complacent or resting on his laurels when he pitches up at St Andrews saying: “To go to the Home of Golf in the next tournament is the sole focus, though I am not going to look beyond that.
“But I guess you can’t win them all unless you win the first two. We will go to St Andrews looking to win the Claret Jug and believe we will be able to get the job done if we get the right prep in.”
There is no doubt that a Grand Slam in this day and age would be even better, even greater, even more remarkable than Jones’ s achievements and there can be no doubt that Spieth is a supremely talented all round player currently without a weak link either in his game or mental approach.
In the space of a few months he has developed from a hot golfing prospect to the new golfing superstar and it may well be that he takes over from Tiger to threaten Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 major titles. The dream is on…
Masters and US Open in same year…
Jordan Spieth: 2015
Tiger Woods: 2002
Jack Nicklaus: 1974
Arnold Palmer: 1960
Ben Hogan: 1951, 1953
Craig Wood: 1941
Back-to-back major championships in same year…
Rory McIlroy: 2014
Padraig Harrington: 2007
Tiger Woods: 2000 (three in a row), 2002, 2006
Nick Price: 1994
Tom Watson: 1982
Jack Nicklaus 1972
Lee Trevino 1971
Arnold Palmer 1960
Ben Hogan 1951, 1953 (three in a row)
Bobby Jones: 1926, 1930
Walter Hagen: 1924
*The clubs that won the US Open
DRIVER: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Rogue Black 60 TX shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Titleist 915F (15 degrees), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X shaft
IRONS: Titleist 712U (3), with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 105 X shaft; Titleist 714 AP2 (4-9), with Project X 6.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (46, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with Project X 6.0 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron for Titleist 009 Prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x