Who Will Get The Career Grand Slam First?
Speith or McIlroy?
The big talk after The U.S. Open this year was how Jordan Spieth was one major away from the career grand slam.
However, Rory McIlroy is also only one away, so this sparks a new debate…
Who will get it first? Well, here is my take.
When you look at their last legs of the grand slam, Spieth needs the PGA Championship and Rory needs the Masters.
Let’s look at Rory’s odds.
He doesn’t play terrible at Augusta, but he seems to never be able to get over the hump.
A T7 finish last season and a few more top 10 finishes make one think that he could string a few rounds together in April and finally get a green jacket.
Rory has said publicly that he would not feel complete without a green jacket.
But I think the door is going to shut, just about when it’s open enough to walk through.
This years PGA Championship is at Quail Hollow. Quail Hollow is the usual stop for the Wells Fargo, but it got changed.
Spieth’s lone performance on this course finished T32.
Experts say they have made so many changes and renovations into this course that it’s virtually a new course.
Why am I picking Spieth to not only get the grand slam first, but to do it this year?
Well, he is the hottest golfer on tour right now.
He walked into TPC River Highlands never played that course before and won the whole thing.
Took some time off and people didn’t think Royal Birkdale fit his style.
He went from Sunday meltdown to Sunday heroics and won the whole thing. I see that coming again.
He is top notch on the greens and if he can hit his driver mediocre, he will win the PGA Championship, set himself up perfectly to win the FedEX Cup and earn the career grand slam.
U.S. Open Final Take
The Run-down of the U.S. Open
Well, the U.S Open has come and gone and it wasn’t quite old school U.S. Open.
Leading up to this week the talk was all about the toughness of Erin Hills and the length of the course.
The U.S. Open is famously the hardest tournament of the year, with lightning fast greens, narrow fairways and fescue that looks like an uncut hay field.
Erin Hills had potential, but guys like Brooks Koepka overpowered the course.
Averaging 322 yards a drive, the long par 5’s and 4’s was not a hassle for him. He shot an amazing -16 for the week to become the 117th champion of the U.S. Open.
Putting his dominance aside, there were some other storylines as well.
Justin Thomas tied the record for lowest round at a U.S. Open (63) and is the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the golf tournament.
Is Erin Hills hard enough?
For the tournament there was seven people who shot -10 or better.
Since 2000 only three winners have shot double digits below par:
- Tiger Woods in 2000 with a -12
- Rory McIlroy in 2011 with a -16
- Koepka this year with his -16 effort.
This years U.S. Open was a watered down version of what could have been —
Faster greens, deeper rough and taller fescue may have had the course playing more like Pebble Beach in 2010 when the winner shot even for the week.
Now the hype for 2018 starts, and we can all pray that Shinnecock Hills will provide a tougher test, some drama and maybe a memorable Sunday.
Shinnecock Hills hosted in 2004 where the winner carded a -4, so maybe there is a little hope.
But no matter where the U.S. Open is, it will still hold the stigma of “toughest golf tournament on the planet.”
If it holds true is a whole other story.