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Spieth magic seals Open at Birkdale

Spieth magic seals Open at Birkdale

Spieth would occasionally open the gap up again, moving to nine-under par on the third and opening up a two shot lead on the sixth when Kuchar dropped to seven-under after he was unable to get down within two shots from the sand.

The three shot lead Spieth came into the day with evaporated by the fourth hole after a bogey-par-bogey-bogey start. He made a 4-footer for birdie to tie for the lead, and then seized control with a 50-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole, looking at caddie Michael Greller filled with playful bravado and barking, "Go get that!"

Spieth, who won the Masters and US Open in 2015, now needs to win the USPGA Championship to claim a career grand slam. Spieth is not yet 24, with decades of golf in front of him, and as Tiger Woods' travails since 2008 have proven, the trajectory of a career can shift in a hurry.

On his way to winning the 2017 British Open, Jordan Spieth drew on deep reservoirs of resilience. Kuchar and Spieth went on to birdie No. 17.

Spieth was awarded the famous Claret Jug in a ceremony on the 18th green before setting off on an impromptu tour of the fans lining the hole, shaking hands with marshals and spectators leaning over the ropes.

The shot that set the plot in motion was Spieth's wild drive on the long par-four 13th, which sailed into a nasty tangle on a hay-strewn dune.




A Kuchar bogey helped extend Spieth's lead. (On the NBC telecast, Johnny Miller said he thought that this was Spieth's best bet; Spieth didn't think so, and he now has more major wins than Miller).

That year he had a shot at the third leg of an unprecedented calendar Grand Slam, missing out on an Open playoff by one shot at St. Andrews. China's Li Haotong, 21, closed with a 63 to vault into third place.

Kuchar missed his birdie, but had the lead for the first time.

Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Rickie Fowler were among those who waited by the 18th to watch Spieth capture yet another major.

He also became the 10th consecutive different Open champion going back to Padraig Harrington's second successive major at Royal Birkdale in 2008.


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