AUGUSTA, Ga. – What’s Jordan Spieth going to do for an encore?
That’s the question that’s been asked several times this year. In January, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Spieth contended that there should be no such talk. He says this year is just a continuation of last year and that, an encore would suggest last year is over and this year is something new.
No matter the semantics, Spieth is back at Augusta National searching for his second consecutive green jacket and third major championship. Of course, he won the U.S. Open last year and had opportunities to win the Open Championship and the PGA Championship, but neither of those panned out for the 22-year-old Texan.
On Tuesday at Augusta National, Spieth was asked if he thought a Grand Slam was achievable. The questioner didn’t specifically indicate if he meant a single-season slam or a career slam, but Spieth ran with the question.
“I would have said prior to last year ‘no,’” he said. “But we were so close and it was one break here or there. Now we got the breaks this week, and we certainly got the breaks at the U.S. Open.
“We were really, really close. I had control of my own destiny at the Open Championship. And then the PGA, I’ll use an excuse right now and say there was a three-stroke difference in the draw.
“You need those kind of breaks. It seems silly, right? It seem like you can overcome that in a major, but it makes a difference. You have to have everything go your way to win a golf tournament, let alone a major, to have that happen the four times in a year in those four weeks?”
Spieth continued to ramble and realized he hadn’t actually answered the question.
“So, I don’t know,” he quipped. “I think it can happen, but especially with the way things have changed in media and just the lack of ability to stay private. If someone wins the first three majors, it’s going to be very difficult to show out the noise by the fourth and still play your own game.”