Spieth out of contention after even-par 71 leaves him 3-over
CHARLOTTE, N.C.» Jordan Spieth went for it. It just turned out not to be his week to make golf history.
The 24-year-old Texan walked away from the third round of the 99th PGA Championship with his head held high, knowing he will have many more chances to complete golf’s prestigious career Grand Slam.
It just won’t happen Sunday.
“I didn’t have it written in a diary from when I was young that I need to win a career Grand Slam as the youngest player ever — that wasn’t the goal,” Spieth said Saturday after his even-par 71 left him at 3-over for the tournament and out of contention entering the final round.
The goal, he said, was to get on the PGA Tour and “see what happens from there.”
Spieth acknowledged that the PGA Championship is the toughest major for him to win. It’s the major that doesn’t particularly play to his strengths — perhaps because it typically favors longer hitters.
“If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the (other) three majors just in the way that it’s set up,” Spieth said. “I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors more than the PGA Championship.”
That said, Spieth still believes he can win this tournament someday.
“It’s just a matter of having everything in sync at the right time,” he said.
Spieth never got in sync at Quail Hollow. He hasn’t shot a round in the 60s — and never got the putter going until late in the third round Saturday, when he strung together three birdies.
A lengthy uphill birdie putt on No. 16 briefly got him to within single digits of then-leader Kevin Kisner and sent a buzz through the crowd. But after saving par on 17, Spieth put his drive on the 18th hole into the bunker on the right side of the fairway. He was a little fat out of the sand and his ball failed to make the green, hit a hill and bounced back into a pretty creek that runs along the left side of the green.
The result was a double bogey.