Seven ways Jordan Spieth writes his name in golf legend
For drama, Jordan Spieth's victory at Royal Birkdale will take some beating. The final holes will be written straight into legend and helped secure him a host of historic landmarks. Here's seven ways Jordan is a history maker.
1. Having already claimed the 2015 Masters Tournament and 2015 U.S. Open, Spieth only needs the PGA title to become the 19th player to win a career grand slam. The PGA Championship starts in 17 days at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ominous.
2. Not 24 until next week, Spieth joins Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win three legs of the grand slam before turning 24. Tiger Woods did not win his third major until he was 24 years and six months old. Prodigy.
3. Spieth moves to second in the world rankings, leapfrogging Hideki Matsuyama. Dustin Johnson still has a sizeable lead as world number one, but his fellow American is closing fast. Watch this space.
4. A victory means Spieth has enjoyed a lead, or a share of the lead, in 14 major rounds since the start of 2015. His nearest rival has just seven. Consistent.
5. Spieth is the first player to win The Open at Royal Birkdale with four rounds in the 60s. It's also his first major championship with four rounds starting with a 6. Low-scoring.
6. His first-round 65 means he ties Louis Oosthuizen's record from 2010 for the lowest Thursday round shot by a Champion Golfer of the Year. Machine.
7. Spieth becomes only the sixth player in history to lead from start to finish at the The Open - and the first since Rory McIlroy in 2014. Others include Ted Ray (1912), Bobby Jones (1927), Gene Sarazen (1932), Henry Cotton (1934), Tom Weiskopf (1973) and Tiger Woods (2005). Legend.