Spi­eth is in elite com­pany be­cause of his ma­jors

23-year-old not keen on com­par­isons

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Chris­tian Petersen, Getty Im­ages by Jones or the youngest to win two ma­jors since Gene Sarazen. And now that Jack Nick­laus is part of the con­ver­sa­tion, he shies away from them even more. Spi­eth and Nick­laus are the only play­ers to cap­ture the third leg o

EE­names are en­graved on the old­est tro­phy in golf.

In that re­spect, noth­ing has changed.

Spi­eth wasn’t keen on com­par­isons when he be­came the youngest Mas­ters cham­pion since Tiger Woods, the youngest U.S. Open cham­pion since Bob-

But if he were to win the PGA Cham­pi­onship in three weeks, he will be only the sixth — and youngest — to have all four ma­jors.

The prospect is ex­cit­ing, though re­cent his­tory il­lus­trates why suc­cess can be so fleet­ing in golf.

Rory McIl­roy looked un­stop­pable when he won the Bri­tish Open and PGA Cham­pi­onship at the end of 2014, and then headed to Au­gusta Na­tional for a shot at the Grand Slam. Who could pos­si­bly beat that blend of power and scor­ing? Spi­eth won the Mas­ters in a run­away.

By Doug Ferguson

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