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Can Jordan Spieth win the third leg of golf's Grand Slam?

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On Thursday July 16th, the 2015 Open Championship tees off at St.Andrews with 21-year-old American Jordan Spieth, the overwhelming favourite to win the title and collect the third leg of Golf's Grand Slam.

In April this year, Spieth won his first major as he lead from gun to tape at Augusta and recorded a score of 270, eighteen under par to win by four shots from Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. His score was record-equalling for the tournament.

Two months later Spieth collected the second leg of the Grand Slam when he won the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington.

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Spieth shot a five-under par score of 275 to win by one shot from Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Johnson actually had an eagle putt of twelve feet to win the tournament, but missed the putt and then also missed the resulting three-foot birdie putt that would have tied him with Spieth.

He arrives in Scotland in the form of his life, having just won the John Deere Classic in Illinois after a play-off and having shot a score of 61 in the third round of that tournament.

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Form of his life

Obviously on a high, Speith should post a good score in the first round of the Open on Thursday and find himself amongst the leaders.

It could be hard for anyone to stop him winning the third leg of the Grand Slam. That would leave him with just the US PGA at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin in August as the final leg, which has not been achieved since the US Masters at Augusta was founded in 1934.

Bobby Jones actually won a Grand Slam in 1930, winning  the four major golf events of 1930: The Open Championship, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur Championship.

McIlory injury

Spieth's task has been made slightly easier with the withdrawal of the World No.1 Rory McIlroy, who withdrew from the showpiece event on Wednesday because of a ruptured ligament in his left ankle. McIlroy injured his ankle while having a kick about with some friends, and the injury could take six weeks to heal properly.

While McIlroy will obviously be disappointed and frustrated at not being able to defend the title he won at Royal Liverpool last year, the layoff might do him some good in the long term.

He hasn't always been at his best this season especially in the major tournaments, and a break might help him recharge the batteries and refocus on what he needs to do to stay on top of the golfing world.

Spieth might regret staying at home to play in the John Deere Classic, and not travelling over early to acclimatise to our conditions, but in his current form who can argue with his decision.

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