CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – If you’re wondering how Jordan Spieth is coping with the pressure that comes with attempting to become the youngest player ever to complete the career Grand Slam this week at the PGA Championship, relax.
That’s Spieth’s approach.
So far, the most stressful part of his week may have been figuring out what to order for dinner Tuesday night at a popular Charlotte restaurant that features sushi and burgers – together.
“I needed like a 20-minute break afterward to try and figure out what I just ate but it was good,” Spieth said.
While the storylines spin around Spieth and Rory McIlroy as Thursday’s first round approaches, Spieth is fully aware of what he’s attempting to do but not dwelling on the historical implications. Asked to rank his biggest challenges this week – the players, the course or the expectations – Spieth immediately narrowed the list to two. It’s the players then the course.
“Expectations, I really don’t feel any,” Spieth said. “This whole, this is a chance to complete the career Grand Slam; I’m here, so I’m going to go ahead and try. But I believe I’m going to have plenty of chances, and I’m young enough to believe in my abilities that it will happen at some point.
“Do I have to be the youngest? No, I don’t feel that kind of pressure. Would it be really cool? Absolutely.”
Spieth calls it free rolling. It’s like playing with house money. When he won the Open Championship, he made his year. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want more but it’s the same way he felt going to the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay having already won The Masters. And we know how that turned out.
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“There will be pressure. This is a major championship. I mean, this is one of the four pivotal weeks of the year that we focus on. So there will certainly be pressure. I’m simply stating, there won’t be added expectations or pressure,” Spieth said.
“I’m about as kind of free and relaxed at a major than I think I’ve ever felt. Maybe since Chambers Bay, arriving at Chambers Bay after The Masters and almost like I’ve accomplished something so great this year that anything else that happens, I can accept. That takes that pressure, that expectation away.”
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