Will Zalatoris get an opportunity to join some renowned organization at the British Open. It’s only not for the explanation he would like.
Zalatoris is one next-in-line finish from finishing a career Second Slam — putting second at each of the four significant competitions. Jack Nicklaus has made it happen. So have Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.
The thing that matters is those folks have won majors in abundance, and the 25-year-old Zalatoris has always lost any competition on the PGA Tour.
“I’m not even in twofold digit majors, and we’re discussing me having four sprinters up in majors here,” Zalatoris said. “I think I’ll take that resume; however, I might want to supplant a portion of the silver decorations for certain gold awards.”
Zalatoris turned proficient in 2018 and has played at just nine majors up until this point, yet he is now making himself a consistent competitor.
He previously completed a second Masters in 2021. Then he lost a three-opening season finisher to Justin Thomas at the current year’s PGA Championship and followed that with a next-in-line spot at the U.S. Open behind Matt Fitzpatrick.
One more second-place finish would place him in that stunning organization. Palmer, Nicklaus and Watson all finished their Second Slams after proactively winning a significant. The first to accomplish the accomplishment, Craig Wood, figured out how to complete second in each major before winning one at the Masters in 1941.
“As far as I might be concerned, how about we continue to develop on this experience,” Zalatoris said. “I’m playing some decent golf.”
This week would be a great chance to move that first success. In addition to the fact that it is significant, it’s the British Open at St. Andrews on the 150th commemoration of the competition.
For the sport of golf, it doesn’t get a lot more fantastic.
“The fervour level this week is clearly out of this world,” Zalatoris said. “I’ve been exceptionally close, explicitly in the last two majors. However, the game’s in an extraordinary spot and extraordinary head space. This is loads of tomfoolery.”
The great times can be transitory through four rounds on the Old Course, nonetheless. The fortifications, the slopes, the hollows — all can cause devastation or make a hero.
Zalatoris attempts to ingest however much he can before the competition begins Thursday.
“Whenever you have it sorted out, and you don’t,” he said.
Zalatoris has played one British Open previously, last year’s competition at Royal St. George’s. He shot a 69 in the primary round and pulled out with a physical issue.
Then came his narrow escapes this year at consecutive majors after completing a tie for 6th at the Masters.
Descending from those high focuses has been demonstrated to be a troublesome undertaking.
“It’s entertaining. I don’t rest those extraordinary Sunday evenings,” Zalatoris said. “It isn’t so much that I’m staying there stewing; descending from the adrenaline is simply trying. While I’m playing it, I don’t feel it. When I was in those several openings against Matt or even in the season finisher with Justin, I didn’t feel that much of an adrenaline rush. I need to win. I’m centred; however, it’s the approaching down for me that is hard.”