Can Jordan Spieth land another victory in the final three Majors of 2022?

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With one of the best modern-day records at Augusta National, it came as a big surprise when Jordan Spieth missed the cut at The Masters earlier this month.

But we write Spieth off at our peril and just a week on from his halfway exit in the year's first Major, he showed his class and determination by capturing the RBC Heritage in a playoff, ousting Patrick Cantlay at the first extra hole. That was his 13th PGA Tour win and first as a father. But it's the Majors where Spieth really made his name and those 13 victories include a Masters, a US Open and an Open Championship. Next month, Spieth will be hoping to complete the Grand Slam by adding the PGA Championship. And victory at Hilton Head on Sunday will give him fresh confidence that he can pull it off. The US Open and Open Championship offer further chances and a second and a third in last year's Majors show that Spieth is someone always worth looking closely at when the four big events come around. Here, Planet Sport looks at his chances of victory in the remaining Majors of 2022.

PGA Championship - Southern Hills

Record at the PGA Championship

Played: 9

Cuts made: 7

Best finishes: 2nd (Whistling Straits 2021), T3 (Bethpage Black 2019)

It's the missing piece of the jigsaw for Spieth but he's twice been in the hunt.

At Whistling Straits in 2015, he started the final round just two behind leader Jason Day after a brilliant 65 on Saturday thanks to six birdies in the final eight holes.

He couldn't quite get a blow in on Day in the final round despite a 68 and finished three back in solo second.

At Bethpage in 2019 he again ran into a player at the top of his game and although Spieth was tied second at halfway after opening 69-66, that was still seven back from runaway leader Brooks Koepka.

Spieth eventually finished tied third, six behind Koepka. This year the tournament takes place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

It's a good venue for classy players and there were four Major winners - winner Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman and Geoff Ogilvy - in the top six the last time the Tulsa course hosted a Major (the 2007 PGA Championship).

In addition, Oklahoma borders Spieth's home state of Texas. Asked if that could help, Spieth said: "I think on paper, yes, just given grass types, winds are more similar to what I'm used to. "It'll be by far the closest PGA I've played to home, and the best chances I've had are when courses are played with wind and firmer conditions at PGA Championships." Spieth contested the 2009 US Amateur at Southern Hills although was only 15 at the time.

US Open - The Country Club at Brookline

Record at the US Open

Played: 10

Cuts made: 7

Best finishes: Win (Oakmont Country Club 2016)

Jordan Spieth swings
Jordan Spieth swings

Spieth's US Open is rather unusual. He put the trophy on his mantlepiece in 2015 when in a real purple patch having won The Masters a couple of months earlier but that's his only top 15 finish in 10 appearances in the event. His next best is tied 17th at Pinehurst in 2014 while he overcame a poor start (R1 77) to finish tied 19th at Torrey Pines last year. The 2022 event takes place at The Country Club at Brookline in Massachusetts. Spieth hasn't played there previously so, given his overall record in the event, perhaps there are better opportunities elsewhere.

Open Championship - St Andrews

Record at the Open Championship

Played: 8

Cuts made: 8

Best finishes: Win (Royal Birkdale 2016), 2nd (Royal St George's 2021), T4 (St Andrews 2015), T9 (Carnoustie 2018)

Spieth has an excellent record in the Open Championship, making all eight cuts. The obvious highlight was his brilliant win at Royal Birkdale in 2017 and he was runner-up last year on the Kent coast at Royal St George's. Spieth finished two back from Collin Morikawa last year but he was even closer in 2015 when just one stroke outside the three-man playoff after finishing bogey-par at St Andrews.

He'll be delighted that the championship returns to the Old Course this year.

Jordan Spieth on the 1st green at St Andrews
Jordan Spieth on the 1st green at St Andrews

Speaking at St Andrews in 2015, Spieth said: "I think here and Augusta National are my two favourite places in the world."

Conclusion

Spieth went close to winning all four Majors in 2015, capturing the first two and then adding tied fourth and second.

Starting in 2014, Spieth has only had one year (2020) when he's not posted at least one top three in a Major so these events seem to bring out the best in him.

Southern Hills is certainly a possibility following his recent comments but given the pedigree of past Open winners at St Andrews, perhaps the Old Course would be a fitting place for Spieth to land a fourth Major.

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