News & ToursAugust 15, 2015

Jordan Spieth has history on his mind as he eyes a third major in 2015

HAVEN, Wis. -- The chance at winning his third major title of 2015 ran across Jordan Spieth's mind as he walked off the 10th green.

Spieth had watched Phil Mickelson torch the back nine at Whistling Straits on TV prior to his Saturday tee time. So with a par at the par-4 10th, Spieth told himself to turn it on: "I said, 'All right, it's now or never' at that point.' "

Right there, Spieth saved the possibility of adding yet another major in 2015. A back-nine torching of his own -- three strokes better than Mickelson's, produced an inward 30 for the 22-year-old, clinching a spot in the final group. It's a familiar spot for Spieth -- who played with Day in the final grouping at the British Open just a month ago. We know what happened there.

And so does Spieth.

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Unlike other players, Spieth is open about his emotions. Asked when he realized he had a chance to win three majors despite not achieving the Grand Slam, he remarked: "It was halfway when my putt came up from the Valley of Sin."

History ran across his mind again on the back nine after that missed putt at the 10th. For a moment, Spieth trailed Jason Day by five shots and fell seemingly out of the picture. How foolish of us to doubt his comeback skills. Spieth peeked at a few leader boards and knew exactly where he stood.

Accordingly, he responded with a barrage of six birdies to save his chance at the Wanamaker Trophy.

With a chance to become the only player to win all three U.S. majors in a calendar year, you better believe Spieth knows what's on the line. And if we've learned one more thing in 2015: he won't hide from the magnitude of the moment.

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