CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Jordan Spieth’s quest to complete the career Grand Slam never really got started at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.
Prior to the tournament, Spieth emphasized the point that he felt no urgency to complete the Grand Slam in his first attempt, believing he will have many more chances in his career. He also said he believes the PGA Championship will be the toughest major for him to win.
“If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the other three majors just in the way that it’s set up,” Spieth said.
“I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than a PGA Championship. But I believe we can play anywhere and win anywhere. It’s just a matter of having everything in sync at the right time.”
Little has seemed in sync at Quail Hollow for Spieth, who is at 3-over par after rounds of 72-73-71. He has struggled to get comfortable on fast greens that have featured several pin positions on knobs. When he generated some momentum such as five birdies in a nine-hole stretch in the third round, it was spoiled by a closing double bogey at the 18th hole.
Caddie Michael Greller told Spieth to think of the PGA Championship as the start of the stretch run in their season.
“Like Michael was saying, we could break the season into quarters. This is the start of the fourth quarter,” Spieth said. “(At the) U.S. Open Sunday, I was out of it, but I gathered a little something off that Sunday round that led to two wins … including a major. Just one round like that can do that. That’s what I’m looking to do here.”