No Ma­jor Dis­ap­point­ment For Spi­eth Af­ter PGA Flop

Golf Asia - - GOLFING TEE BOX - BY JIM SLATER

Bri­tish Open cham­pion Jor­dan Spi­eth could only share 28th in his first chance to com­plete a ca­reer Grand Slam at the PGA Cham­pi­onship, but the world num­ber two wasn't too dis­ap­pointed. Cad­die Michael Greller re­minded him of his third ca­reer ma­jor vic­tory at Royal Birk­dale as he walked off the 18th green on Sun­day at Quail Hol­low fol­low­ing a fi­nal-round one-un­der par 70 that left him on 286, 10 strokes be­hind win­ner and pal Justin Thomas.

"Michael is telling me walk­ing off 18, 'Hey, just want you to know that's a great year in the ma­jors,'” Spi­eth said. "I know, 'Buddy, we won one of the ma­jors. I un­der­stand that's a great year in the ma­jors.' "He al­most thinks I'm dis­ap­pointed maybe with how this week went. But we won a ma­jor. We had a chance to win at Au­gusta, too. The US Open and here, I didn't have a chance to win, which is a downer. When I look back on the year in the ma­jor cham­pi­onships, it was fan­tas­tic. If I did this ev­ery year, I would go down as the great­est ever to play the game. I need to look at it that way and I am."

For Spi­eth, who also won the 2015 Mas­ters and US Open, it comes down to con­tend­ing in ma­jors. "If I didn't have a chance to win a ma­jor in a year then I would be dis­ap­pointed at the end of the year," he said. "Win­ning them is so dif­fi­cult to do that you can have a fan­tas­tic year with­out win­ning a ma­jor."

Spi­eth won't be sec­ond-guess­ing the rea­sons why he lost at Quail Hol­low. "I felt like I struck the ball well," Spi­eth said. "It was noth­ing other than just ex­e­cu­tion on the greens, I felt like."

Spi­eth is look­ing to take a break ahead of the US PGA Tour's sea­so­nend­ing play­offs. "I'll def­i­nitely take at least a few days off," he said. "These two weeks take a lot out of you. It was hot. We had de­lays. They were long days. Def­i­nitely go­ing to have some re­cov­ery go­ing in."

When it comes to the four-event play­off se­ries, Spi­eth is look­ing to put his game and point to­tals in prime po­si­tion for the 30-man Tour Cham­pi­onship fi­nale in At­lanta. "I'm go­ing to ap­proach the first two events try­ing to ob­vi­ously win, but look­ing to kind of crescendo into East Lake and peak there and con­sider East Lake a ma­jor at this point as far as our prepa­ra­tion goes," Spi­eth said.

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