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Tough spot: Jordan Spieth has been struggling for form
Tough spot: Jordan Spieth has been struggling for form

By Phil Casey

Jordan Spieth believes it would be a dream come true to complete the career Grand Slam as he battles to get out of "a bit of a slump".

Spieth was second in the world after winning the third leg of the Grand Slam in the 2017 Open but has not tasted victory since and is currently ranked 39th after failing to register a single top-20 finish this season.

The 25-year-old needs to win the US PGA Championship to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning a career Grand Slam but is rated a 50/1 outsider to achieve the feat this week at Bethpage Black.

"I'd be the sixth person, which would be a pretty unique fraternity to be in," Spieth said. "That would be a dream come true.

"But I also recognise that if I continue to stay healthy and play, I'll have, I don't know, 30 chances at it. One of them is bound to go my way, right?

"It's about staying in the moment for me for every PGA Championship, just as it is at every Major. I feel like I'm more patient in Majors with letting courses come to me than I am at other tournaments, and I feel like this is a good time for me to test that out."

Asked what it would mean to join golf's most exclusive club, Spieth added: "I think the four Majors provide four different tests, so it tells you your game travels anywhere and you can win the biggest events on any type of course in any situation.

"Each Major has its own identity, so you've mastered golf, is kind of an easy way to say it, if you're able to complete a career Grand Slam."

The former World No.1, however, suffered the first winless season of his career in 2018, including carding a closing 76 in defence of his Open title after sharing the 54-hole lead. In 2019, his best finish so far is a tie for 21st in the Masters.

"I think it's been an adjustment being in a bit of a slump," added Spieth. "So it actually could be looked at positively, as well, because if I didn't have the success that I've had, then first of all I wouldn't be here now. "

Meanwhile, Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew has set her sights on winning the US Senior Women's Open after announcing she will play her last regular LPGA Tour event in July.

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on July 17-20 will be Matthew's last LPGA event on US soil and the 49-year-old Scot will also play in the AIG Women's British Open and ASI Ladies Scottish Open, which are co-sanctioned by the LPGA and Ladies European Tour.

"This is my 25th year on the LPGA and I decided it was time," Matthew said ahead of the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational event. "I've had a good career and everything comes to an end.

"It just hit me and I thought, 'This is it'. I missed the cut in LA a month ago and realised I'd had enough of the grind, being week in, week out and then going back home and having to practice, with the kids. It just got old."

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