Golf’s career grand slam group is a very small group in the modern era. Gene Sarazan, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only 5 players who have won all 4 of of golf’s majors, The Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship.
This week, thanks to his victory at the British Open, Jordan Spieth has a chance to become the 6th golfer to join that group. This is no easy task. Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy have been stuck with three of them for a few years now. Mickleson needs the US Open and McIlroy needs The Masters to join the group. They have a lot of insight to give Spieth as to what his emotions are going to be like this week.
Arnold Palmer never won the grand slam. The PGA eluded him in his illustrious career. This should be the warning sign to Spieth as to how hard this is going to be. A player with 7 majors finished runner up 3 times at the PGA and all three runner up’s would have given him the career grand slam.
Spieth is obviously playing some great golf winning 2 of his last 3 starts but when you add the pressure of the career grand slam we will need to see how he responds as he tees off on Thursday morning off the 10th tee. If he plays a steady first round it will give him a chance to get this done.
Dads Say So its not very often that going into a week we could witness history being made. This is going to be one of the most talked about story lines this week. If Spieth completes the grand slam this week there is going to be some great stories written about how amazing he has played and how he really responded to the pressure. It will also be a great story if he does as it will really exercise the demons that were created at Augusta. Tomorrow starts his quest to hold the Wanamaker Trophy and be called PGA Champion Sunday afternoon.