Jordan Spieth had the chance to earn his career grand slam this week at the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country club, but came up short.
For the second year, Spieth failed to earn his fourth major title at the PGA. Last year he watched Justin Thomas crowned champion, and this year, Spieth made a late run to finish 8 under but the rest of the field made birdies in bunches to pull away.
Spieth shot a 4-under 66 Sunday, and may finish the tournament in the top 10, but his first-round 1-over 71 hurt his chances to win.
“(I) made a lot of progress,” Spieth said after his round. “Each day got a little bit better here. You know, minus a couple tee shots, I had a chance to win this thing with what felt like not my A-game. The putting was phenomenal. I was probably top-5 in putting for the week, which is great. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. And the rest of the game’s moving in the right direction.
“So it’s good to have a tough test like this. It’s a fantastic golf course to be able to trust things, and today was a solid day, not trying to do too much, and getting a 66 on the board.”
With no top-2 finishes all year, Spieth is trying to work out some kinks.
“It was just in the swing, just trying to work around my body more, trying to get some shoulder turn and not pick the club up and feel like I’m working draws,” Spieth said. “From really 7 iron down the bag, it was phenomenal. And then the long irons and woods were still just a little bit off, and I had a couple foul balls because of it with an iron and a driver.
“So it was just really, really close to being precise enough to win this week. Good news is I’ve got a week off now to nail it in and feel like I stepped into the playoffs with my game in the best shape it’s been this entire year.”
Throughout the week, St. Louis provided the PGA Championship with adoring fans. The players have lauded their positive energy, and Spieth appreciated the support.
“I think the fans this week were probably better than I could ever remember at a golf tournament,” Spieth said “They’re fantastic. They’re loud. They came in bunches. There’s a lot of people here. But they also were very respectful. You know the Tiger roars. You know kind of the ground swell. So being able to see the amount of kids that were out here too is unbelievable.
“They really came out in full force in St. Louis. You can tell it’s a great sports city. It’s a great market to come to. Hopefully, we can come back here in May, get the course a little bit firmer and faster and even more challenging, and it would be a lot of fun to come back for sure.”
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