‘PGA win could make this best year’

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Jor­dan Spi­eth en­ters the PGA Cham­pi­onship more re­laxed than he has ever felt be­fore a ma­jor tour­na­ment, say­ing on Wed­nes­day a vic­tory this week could make this a bet­ter cam­paign than his break­through 2015 sea­son.

The 24-year-old Amer­i­can, who cap­tured his third ma­jor ti­tle at last month’s Open Cham­pi­onship, could be­come the youngest player to com­plete a ca­reer Grand Slam with a vic­tory in the show­down that starts Thurs­day at Quail Hol­low.

And that lib­er­at­ing sense of achieve­ment from his vic­tory at Royal Birk­dale still res­onates with Spi­eth.

“I’m free-rolling. And it feels good,” Spi­eth said. “I’m about as free and re­laxed at a ma­jor than I think I’ve ever felt.

“Al­most like I’ve ac­com­plished some­thing so great this year that any­thing else that hap­pens, I can ac­cept. That takes that pres­sure, that ex­pec­ta­tion away.”

World No 2 Spi­eth, the 2015 Masters and US Open cham­pion, could be­come only the sixth man to sweep the four ma­jor ti­tles in a ca­reer af­ter Jack Nick­laus, Tiger Woods, Ben Ho­gan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen.

But mak­ing his­tory this week doesn’t add any ex­tra weight for Spi­eth this week be­cause the age mark holds lit­tle spe­cial mean­ing for him.

“Do I have to be the youngest? No, I don’t feel that kind of pres­sure. Would it be re­ally cool? Ab­so­lutely,” Spi­eth said.

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