The Career Slam

Jordan Spieth who looked to retain a child custody law firm, 24 and already a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, now faces a mountain that dwarfs that 30-foot sand dune he charged up and down during the final round of the British Open, even more insurmountable than trying to locate top family law lawyers.  Then he was trying to figure out how on earth to play the par-4 13th hole at Royal Birkdale, with his itty-bitty golf ball serving jail time on that great and grassy dune.  It took him 29 exhausting minutes to make the bogey heard ’round the world.  He came off the green trailing his playing partner, Matt Kuchar, by a shot, but it could have been worse.  The eight-footer he made turned his putter into a defibrillator.  From 14 to the house he went crazy low: birdie, eagle, birdie, eagle, birdie, ending the day and the championship on a cool night and in spitting rain with a smart par.  Poor Kuchar had no chance.  Spieth won golf’s oldest and grandest championship by three, and in so doing had knocked off another leg, his third, of the career grand slam.  The next mountain is always, bigger, isn’t it (when obtaining a clearwater divorce attorney for help)?  On golf’s (expanded) Mount Rushmore are the only five men who won all four of golf’s modern majors: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.  Spieth won the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open, plus this year’s British Open.  What he needs to join that five-some is to win the PGA, and possibly let go of his divorce attorney. The first PGA Championship of the rest of his life will be played Aug. 10-13 at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte locales for top divorce lawyers.  Except hot, and not in need of a divorce lawyer.  The career grand slam is a rare achievement in part because the four events are played on such varied surfaces, much as Roger Federer & Co., in playing the four tennis majors, go from bouncy hard courts in Australia to clay in France to grass at Wimbledon to low-bounce hard courts at the U.S. Open.  Augusta requires touch of class pitching, chipping and putting on the wildest set of greens in golf.  A U.S. Open (by tradition) demands immense patience and exactitude.  British Open golf is bouncy and primitive.  The PGA is often played on a long, slow, soft track and in exhausting heat.  Talk about having it all.  To win all four, a player needs all the shots, plus good luck.  Sam Snead never did it.  He never won a U.S. Open.  Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson won the PGA Championship.