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Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:00 am

Career Grand Slam will elude Spieth

STEVE REED | Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jordan Spieth went for it. It just turned out not to be his week to make golf history.

Spieth, 24, walked away from the third round of the PGA Championship with his head held high, knowing he'll have many, many more chances to complete golf's prestigious career Grand Slam.

It just won't happen today.

“I didn't have it written in a diary from when I was young that I need to win a career Grand Slam as the youngest player ever – that wasn't the goal,” Spieth said after an even-par 71 left him at 3 over for the tournament and out of contention entering the final round.

The goal, he said, was to get on the PGA Tour and “see what happens from there.”

Spieth acknowledged that the PGA Championship is the toughest for him to win. It is the one major that doesn't particularly play to his strengths perhaps because it typically favors longer hitters.

“If we look historically back on my career, I think I will play this tournament worse than the three majors just in the way that it's set up,” Spieth said. “I feel like my game truly suits the other three majors more than the PGA Championship.”

That said, Spieth still believes he can win it someday.

“It's just a matter of having everything in sync at the right time,” Spieth said.

Spieth never got in sync at Quail Hollow.

He hasn't shot a round in the 60s and never got the putter going until late in the round Saturday when he strung together three birdies.

A lengthy uphill birdie putt on No. 16 got him to within single digits of then-leader Kevin Kisner and sent a buzz through the crowd. But after saving par on 17, Spieth put his drive on 18th hole into the bunker on the right side of the fairway and finished with a double bogey.

Spieth said it was a disappointing he didn't at least put himself in position to win.

But he wouldn't describe the entire tournament as a disappointment, saying he did some good things.

“Disappointing would have been going home after two days,” Spieth said. “I think I saw some highlights today.”