Grand Slam Advantage To McIlroy As Spieth Slips At Bellerive

St. Louis, Missouri ….

It will be advantage Rory McIlroy in eight months time at Augusta National after Jordan Spieth’s likely top-20 showing in the 2018 PGA Championship.

Spieth arrived in St. Louis looking to upstage McIlroy in becoming only the sixth player in the history of the game to win all four Majors.

However, the Texan was never really a threat in posting scores of 71, 66, 69 and a final day 66 on the Bellerive course.

It means that McIlroy will now tee-up in next April’s Masters in what will be his ‘Take 5’ in his quest to win the Grand Slam.

Spieth’s finish rates third in his efforts in the four Majors of 2018 having been third at Augusta, missing the cut in the U.S. Open and then T9th at Carnoustie.

His final Bellerive round was a mix of five birdies and just one bogey over his outward nine while the birdies dried-up over the inward nine and with Spieth managing a 17th hole birdie among eight pars.

“I started out great out of the gate, and then I just — these light and variable winds are tough for me compared to the field,” he said.

“I love being able to feel it, to hold it into a breeze or whatever. So I just felt like I was in between clubs all day, not knowing which wind it was going to be. A few times I was right, a few times — I was kind of 50 percent on and off.

“But all in all, made a lot of progress. Each day got a little bit better here. You know, minus a couple tee shots, I had a chance to win this thing with what felt like not my A-game. The putting was phenomenal. I was probably top-5 in putting for the week, which is great.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. And the rest of the game’s moving in the right direction.

“So it’s good to have a tough test like this. It’s a fantastic golf course to be able to trust things, and today was a solid day, not trying to do too much, and getting a 66 on the board.”

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