US PGA Championship 2017: Jordan Spieth not feeling pressure over career grand slam

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US PGA Championship 2017
Venue: Quail Hollow, Charlotte Dates: 10-13 August
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Jordan Spieth says he is not feeling the pressure as he attempts to become the youngest player to win the career grand slam at the US PGA Championship.

The American, 24, has won three of the four majors following his victory at The Open at Royal Birkdale last month.

A win at Quail Hollow this weekend would mean surpassing Tiger Woods as the youngest grand slam champion.

“I’m about as free and relaxed at a major than I think I’ve ever felt, ” said Spieth, the world number two.

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Spieth turned 24 four days after his Open win, while Woods was 24 years, seven months and 25 days when he won the career grand slam.

Woods is one of five golfers to have achieved the feat along with Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

“Do I have to be the youngest? No, I don’t feel that kind of pressure,” said Spieth, who won the Masters and US Open in 2015.

“It’s not a burning desire to have to be the youngest to do something, and that would be the only reason there would be added expectations”.

Spieth had a short break after The Open and finished tied for 13th in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational last weekend.

He added: “It was only two weeks ago that I was able to get the third leg and that’s so fresh in my mind. I’m so happy about that that I can’t add pressure to this week. I’m freerolling and it feels good.”

Spieth says the biggest challenge will be taming the 7,600-yard North Carolina course, with thunderstorms and rain forecast for the next four days.

“This is going to be one of the most challenging tracks I think that we’ve played,” said Spieth, whose best finish in the US PGA is second in 2015. “The rough is brutal.

“I need to drive the ball better than I’ve been driving it to have a chance to win this week.”