Spieth recovered from a rocky start in the final round to win the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

SOUTHPORT, England — Before departing England in a private jet late Sunday night, the Claret Jug a welcome addition to the luggage for the flight over the Atlantic Ocean, Jordan Spieth was asked about his next destination.

A little place named history.

Following his great escape on the olden stage of Royal Birkdale to triumph in the 146th playing of the British Open, the young Texan will head to Charlotte in three weeks for the 99th PGA Championship with a chance to complete the career grand slam.

Spieth’s barrage of brilliance late in Sunday’s final round, when he turned potential ruin into victory with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie blitz on the back nine to win by three shots, gave him the third leg of the career grand slam. The first two came in the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open.

He is the second youngest to win three different majors, bested only by Jack Nicklaus. But Spieth, who turns 24 on Thursday, would become the youngest to complete the career grand slam with a victory at Quail Hollow in the PGA. Woods was a little more than six months past his 24th birthday when he completed his grand slam in the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews. Nicklaus was 26 when he completed his slam in the 1966 British Open at Muirfield.

Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player are the only other players to complete the grand slam.


Inevitably, Spieth was asked for his thoughts about being in such heady company with Nicklaus and Woods. With a measured tone, he talked about the task at hand.

“I’ve answered this question a few times a couple years ago, so I’ll be careful with my answer,” he said. “It’s amazing. I feel blessed to be able to play the game I love, but I don’t think that comparisons are … I don’t compare…