Coming into the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, Jordan Spieth had a chance to become the lowest golfer to ever win the career grand slam, at the young age of 24. Spieth has won The Masters and The U.S. Open, and recently the British Open with a dominating performance at Royal Birkdale. Unfortunately Spieth missed his mark, as his good friend Justin Thomas won the PGA Championship.
The Career Grand Slam
Only five golfers have ever achieved a career grand slam – Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. Those five needed an average of less than two attempts to complete the feat. Even though Spieth did not achieve the grand slam at Quail Hollow, odds are he will win a PGA Championship at some point in his career.
Putting Harmed Spieth At Quail Hollow
During his first round, Spieth did not make a putt longer than 5 feet.. During the first two rounds, he made just one of 21 attempts outside of ten feet. Spieth put himself in position to make the cut, but his inconsistent putter prevented him from winning the tournament. Spieth spoke after his round Friday and said, “I kind of accept the fact that I’m essentially out of this tournament pending some form of crazy stuff the next couple of days. On to the weekend to try and fire at tuff. Nothing to lose.” At that time, Spieth ranked tied for 111th in total putts per greens in regulation.
Competitive Golf In Your Own Backyard
Westlake Golf Course, located between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, is home to the Westlake Golf Course Men’s Club. Established in 1968, the Men’s Club plays every Wednesday and Saturday, year-round. One of the main goals of the club is “to promote and foster among its members a closer bond and fraternity for their joint and mutual benefit and to promote and conserve the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions.”