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Spieth aiming to end slump and complete career 'grand slam'

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Jordan Spieth admits he's been battling to get out of 'a bit of a slump' in form ahead of this week's PGA Championship. 

Victory at Bethpage Black would see the 25-year-old join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as winners of four of golf's major titles but he's been suffering a drought since 2017.

Spieth has slipped to 39th in the world rankings and has failed to finish inside the top-20 at any of the tournaments he's played this season.

"I think it's been an adjustment being in a bit of a slump. It actually may have even been harder on Cameron than it has been on me because of the physical side often being me trying to tell him, 'Hey, that doesn't feel right, even though that looks right to you.

"I think we've both had to block out a little bit of outside noise from experts that may not actually know what's going on.

"I don't want to use the word negativity but the questioning and the wording that's used to describe me by media, or whatever, over the past year has only come up because of the amount of success that I've had.

"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 right now.

"Second of all you'd be actually looking at the progression of the game instead of the comparisons constantly to when someone is at their best, which I think is unfair to anybody in any field.

"It's just one of those things where you've just got to block out the noise and stay the course and believe in yourself."

 

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The Texan says it would be a dream to win this week and join the slam club.

"I think I'd be the sixth person which would be a pretty unique fraternity to be in...that would be a dream come true for me.

"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.

"Each major championship 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."


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