Jordan Spieth rambling his way towards golf’s elite club in record time | Scott Murray

The Texan is only 24 and may feel like he has run out of worlds to conquer if he completes the career slam on Sunday by winning the US PGA Championship

One of the most gloriously overblown lines in the history of sports broadcasting was delivered in 1984 by the peerless darts commentator Sid Waddell. Contemplating Eric Bristow’s effortless dominion over his peers, Waddell mused: “When Alexander of Macedon was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer. Bristow is only 27.”

You have to wonder what ancient historical allusion the much-missed Waddell would have extemporised upon exposure to Jordan Spieth. Come Sunday, there is a fair chance that Jordan the Great will have become only the seventh man in history to complete golf’s career slam. Should he win the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, three weeks after making Birkdale’s notoriously tough closing trek look like an easy coastal ramble for all walking abilities, and two years after landing both the Masters and US Open, he will have completed the holy-grail set at the golden age of 24 years and 17 days.

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