WORLD No2 Jordan Spieth has trained his sights on winning the US PGA Championship next month after narrowly missing out on the third leg of a Major grand slam at the Open.
Spieth, 21, finished just one shot adrift of Zach Johnson, who lifted the Claret Jug after a three-man play-off with 2010 winner Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman on Monday. The Masters and US Open champion now plans to channel the unfamiliar sensation of disappointment into becoming only the third man, after Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods, to win three Majors in a year at the US PGA.
“I don’t know how many guys have done three Majors in a year. I’m sure there’s only been a few. So that would be the next goal as far as the history goes. Sights set on the PGA Championship,” he said.
“I think the way I played this week would have won the US Open. I didn’t play as well there. It’s just that’s the kind of golf that was played by the field this week – it just took some special golf.”
World No1 Rory McIlroy missed his Open defence after injuring his ankle ligaments playing football and faces a race to be fit for the US PGA, which he also won last year, at Whistling Straits on 13-16 August.
Johnson, meanwhile, has climbed from 25 to 12 in the rankings following his second Major win.