The third leg of the Grand Slam might not be the only thing on the line next week at St. Andrews: Jordan Spieth could also ascend to No. 1 in the world.
Spieth, currently ranked second, needs 106 world-ranking points to jump Rory McIlroy.
Spieth could become world No. 1 with a top-7 finish (or better) this week at the John Deere Classic and a victory at next week’s Open Championship, assuming McIlroy doesn’t tee it up at St. Andrews, according to Golf Channel world-rankings guru Alan Robison.
After a win at the Deere in 2013, Spieth finished in a tie for seventh last year. He is just the fourth player since 1960 to win the first two majors of the year.