The most exclusive club in golf

Just how hard is it to complete a career grand slam in golf? We review the five golfers that have accomplished the feat and three that potentially could join the ranks.
Presented by Genesis

Released on 8/10/2017

Transcript

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(sharp piano music)
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[Announcer] Just how difficult
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is it to win the career grand slam?
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Near impossible, considering it's the most
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exclusive club in all of golf.
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Only five players, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan,
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Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods
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have won all four majors in their careers.
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And now, there are three active players who have
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one big hill left to climb in order to join them.
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Phil Mickelson, six times a runner up
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in the US Open, continues to chase a win
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in the National Championship.
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Rory McIlroy is still in search of a Masters green jacket.
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And Jordon Spieth, on the heels
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of his remarkable victory in the British Open,
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needs a win in the PGA Championship.
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(mild music)
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Those three players stand on the brink of a feat
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that requires a mix of skill, mental toughness,
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adaptability, and longevity.
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So, how hard are we talking?
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Maybe we should start with some math.
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Of the tens of thousands of golfers who have
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teed it up professionally, a mere 216 players
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have won a Major Championship.
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Only 81 players have won two.
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And just 45 have won three, but even then,
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those are total Major Championship wins,
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where it gets even more difficult,
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is winning the different types of Majors,
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each with it's own personality and unique demands.
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The Masters is a test of razor thin precision,
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where players must negotiate
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the most diabolical greens in golf.
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The US Open is defined by its unrelenting difficulty,
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The Open Championship, its unpredictable weather.
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The PGA Championship falls at the end of a long slog
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of a season, in the often brutal heat of August.
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To win even three legs of the Grand Slam,
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is to do something only 14 have ever done,
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with some of the greatest players in history
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falling short of the ultimate goal.
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Lee Trevino could never win the Masters.
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Sam Snead fell short repeatedly at the US Open,
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even Arnold Palmer, the King, was shut out at the PGA.
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At least, unlike Mickelson, who was
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approaching the end of his career,
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McIlroy and Speith have the benefit of time on their side.
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Both are young and have years to capture
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the one win that still eludes them,
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but there is no guarantee for them as well.
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If it was just a matter of being patient,
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there would be more than five members
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of the most exclusive club there is.
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(melodic piano music)
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