Jordan Spieth Wins British Open

Jordan Spieth rebounded from a slow start Sunday morning with a superb back nine at Royal Birkdale to capture the Claret Jug. Spieth bogeyed holes 1, 3, 4, and 9 as he turned in a 3-over front nine, eventually bringing himself into a tie with Matt Kuchar. However, on the 13th hole, it appeared that another major meltdown for Spieth was imminent, sending his tee shot nearly 100 yards to the right of the fairway. The 23-year-old opted to take a drop and somehow ended up only bogeying the hole.

However, many feared the damage had been done mentally for Spieth but Kuchar failed to seize the sliver of opportunity that he had and Spieth immediately turned it around and produced a gutsy performance to close out the round. On the par 3 14th, Spieth nearly holed his tee shot but instead tapped in for birdie. Then, Spieth sunk a long putt for eagle on the par 5 15th, a shot that pulled him ahead of Kuchar for good.

To top it all off, Spieth birdied both the 16th and 17th before playing a conservative 18th and settling for par as he sported a 3-shot cushion. In all, Spieth was four under on the back nine and one under on the day, bringing his 72-hole total to 12-under. The top 5 was rounded out with Kuchar at 9-under, Haotong Li at 6-under, and Rory McIlroy and Rafael Cabrera Bello at 5-under.

Now, less than a week before his 24th birthday, Spieth is the 2nd youngest player behind Jack Nicklaus to have completed three legs of the career grand slam. Spieth is a PGA Championship short of completing said career grand slam and he will have an opportunity to become the youngest to do so if he were to win the tournament at Quail Hollow next month.


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