Following his US Masters win can 21-year-old Jordan Spieth win the Grand Slam of golf majors in 2015?
Before the 2015 Masters, all the golfing hype surrounded Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and whether the world number one could complete a Grand Slam with the US Masters.
Despite finishing a respectable fourth, he and the rest of the field were blown apart by a 21-year-old from Dallas, Texas, by the name of Jordan Spieth. Now the same player has managed to tame Chambers Bay and win a second consecutive major title. What chance that Spieth claims a Grand Slam in 2015?
Bookmaker Paddy Power go 25/1 that the young American follows up his sensational Masters and US Open victories with further wins at the Open Championship and USPGA. The same bookie offer 5/2 that he has three major wins under his belt by the time that the season has finished. Alternatively, you can back him odds-on at 1/3 that he adds no further major titles this year.
At such as tender age in golfing terms, Spieth dominated from start to finish in Augusta, as he became the second youngest player to win the tournament after Tiger Woods, after also finishing with the same record score set by Woods in 1997 of 18-under-par. At the US Open, he then became the youngest player ever to win the competition, holding off the likes of Dustin Johnson and ensuring the spoils at the controversial course.
How Spieth handles St Andrews between 16-19 July is open to question, with the bookies making him the 7/1 second-favourite behind McIlroy and the Old Course might be a challenge to a player who has played very little golf away from the States.
What Spieth has demonstrated this year is an ability to play seamless regulation golf and handle the pressure. On two completely different types of course, he has mastered Augusta and Chambers Bay better than anyone else.
Although he lacks the brilliance of Woods at his best, including an ability to hole from anywhere or his driving power, or the swashbuckling majesty of Seve Ballesteros; widely regarded as golf’s magician, Spieth is a gifted technician on the golf course and plays his percentages superbly.
After winning the US Open, it now provides the perfect stage on which to perform in the Open at St Andrews; the home of golf. Following on from that, it is back home to the USPGA, where he would hope to hold off the challenge of last year’s winner McIlroy. He is 10/1 to win here with Coral, which could result in him beating the Northern Irishman to the Grand Slam, and finishing the year as the world number one.