Spotlight on Jordan Spieth

 

At the age of just 24 Jordan Spieth stands on the verge of history.

Following his Open Championship triumph last month at Royal Birkdale, Spieth is now remarkably just one win of the PGA Championship away from completing the career Grand Slam - and if he were to get across the line this week at Quail Hollow he would become the youngest player ever to complete this feat.

Despite how quickly Jordan has found himself in this incredibly enviable position it hasn't always been plain sailing for the young American star.

Following his incredible run in 2015 that saw him win his first major at the Masters and then back that up with victory at the U.S. Open and T4 and 2nd place finishes at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship respectively, the 2016 season presented him with some unfamiliar challenges.

Spieth still had a strong year by most players' standards but his famous collapse on the 12th hole at the Masters when he was seemingly cruising towards a successful title defence was an experience that has clearly haunted him somewhat ever since. He struggled to find top gear throughout that year but it's fair to say that his recent Open triumph has gone an awfully long way towards silencing those demons.

On the 13th hole of his final round at Royal Birkdale last month, Jordan had a serious brush with another memorable meltdown. However, his incredible mental resilience and calmness under intense pressure saw him overcome a moment of serious jeopardy and the rest is history. Spieth went on to produce one of the most remarkable runs of golf you're ever likely to see in a major and got his hands on the Claret Jug for the first time.

 

 

Here is a close look at the three-time major champion, featuring some of our archive of interviews with him, dating all the way back to his college golf days, as well a look back at our in-depth chat with his caddie Michael Greller.