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Grand slam not on Spieth’s radar at PGA

By AAP Newswire

Jordan Spieth says the opportunity to complete golf's coveted career grand slam won't cross his mind despite firing his way into weekend contention at the US PGA Championship.

Spieth, who has won the Masters, US Open and British Open, needs a win at the PGA Championship to become just the sixth golfer to claim all four major titles.

The quest has eluded the 25-year-old since it became possible with his 2017 British Open victory.

But with a four-under-par 66 in round two of the PGA Championship at New York's Bethpage Black, his hopes are alive with two rounds to go.

Spieth (69, 66) finished 36 holes with a five-under total and he currently sits five back of leader Brooks Koepka.

But Texas native Spieth, whose winless drought stretches back to the 2017 British Open, says the career slam is not on his radar at Bethpage.

"It certainly hasn't (crossed my mind)," Spieth said.

Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won the career slam.

Spieth's dismissal of his chance to make history is perhaps a reaction to his near two-year slump.

The former world No.1 has not recorded a top-10 on the US PGA Tour since July, at last year's British Open, and has plummeted to world No.39.

"I can't imagine (the career slam) will (cross my mind) because I haven't been in contention on a Sunday since the Open last year," Spieth said.

"If I'm able to put some good work in tomorrow, then I will be in contention on Sunday.

"At that point, it will be just more of trying to win a golf tournament.

"I'll be pleased to be in contention, knowing that the work I put in from being pretty far off has really come back nicely on a very difficult golf course."

His rough patch comes after igniting the golf world with 11 PGA Tour victories, including three majors, as well as two Australian Open titles.

Spieth admitted at the start of the PGA Championship week he was "in a bit of a slump" but carded six birdies and two bogeys to start a major with two rounds in the 60s for the fourth time.

He won the other three.