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