CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It isn’t officially over, but it’s over. Jordan Spieth will not become the youngest player ever to complete the rare career Grand Slam.
Spieth shot an even 71 in his third round Saturday at the PGA Championship, the final leg he needs to complete the Slam, and stands at 3-over for the tournament. He is 10 shots out of the lead held by Kevin Kisner.
Asked what “disappointed’’ him most about the week, Spieth said, “To not have a chance to win.’’
“Obviously, any week you don’t have a chance to win, you’ve fallen short of where you would like to be,’’ he said. “Disappointing would have been going home after two days.’’
Spieth insisted he “saw some highlights’’ Saturday, particularly in his putting.
As for not having a sniff at completing the Grand Slam?
“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 ever,’’ he said. “That wasn’t the goal. The goal was to try and win them all. The goal was to try and get on the PGA Tour and then, from there, see what happens. I have a lot of opportunities.
“The PGA Championship I think is going to be the toughest for me. 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. I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors maybe more than a PGA Championship.
“But I believe we can play anywhere and can win anywhere. It’s just a matter of having everything in sync at the right time.’’
Jason Day’s third round — and tournament — came completely undone on the 18th hole, where he took a quadruple bogey and doomed his chances of winning a second career PGA.
The trouble began when Day hit his tee shot well right, stymied behind a tree. He then inexplicably tried to advance it by hitting down the cart path. The ball caromed off another tree and left him a difficult pitch back to the…