All hail the Texan boy Jordan Spieth as he wins The Open, maintaining the lead
all the way from the start. He has become the only player after ‘Jack Nicklaus‘ to win three legs of the majors before turning 24.
Having already claimed the 2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open, Spieth won the third leg of the career grand slam. Only 18 other players have won three of golf’s grand slam of majors in their career. Of those 18, only Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are considered active players.
There were Matt Kuchar and Brooks Koepka in contention from the very first round when they all finished as joint leaders, Day 2 saw changes with Kuchar and Koepka going down
to 2nd and third spot, what remained constant was Spieth on the top spot, oh boy and how he did it on all four days is another topic to ponder, but it was all magical. Spieth who started his final round with three strokes lead over Kuchar at 11 under par, had a shoddy start.
Spieth had three bogeys in his starting four holes today, which resulted in him getting tied to
Kuchar at 8 under par. In his front nine, he had four bogeys and a birdie on par-4, 5th which
was quite unusual for the young gun. His front nine total stood at 37.
His back nine start was good for keeping the momentum and he needed to do something different and that’s what he did, a birdie on the 14th and an eagle on the 15th, just made the best of what he could there, with two more continuous birdies he had sealed the deal.
Kuchar was leading, Kuchar was following, he was doing everything he could, but he could not win today, to Spieth.
Kuchar, who was lying T-1st on the opening round, 2nd on other three days, had his share of moments when he covered up Texan with the lead but could not cash in the chances.
18th hole, where it all happened
Spieth was at 12 under, Kuchar was at 9 under, Spieth picks up a hybrid and finds the first
cut on the right. Kuchar picks up the driver, hits it long and larger and finds a place in the semi-rough.
Spieth was 220 yards short of the green and reaches 30 yards to the flag with an iron. Then it’s Kuchar, 180 out. And he slam-dunks his second into the second bunker to the left of the green. The pair embarks on the most famous walk in golf. Kuchar, who knows the jig is pretty much up, hangs back and gives the moment to Spieth.
Kuchar made a final hole bogey and Spieth finished with a par that had a long putt.
The Final board read
-5: McIlroy, Cabrera-Bello
-4: Southgate, Leishman, Noren, Grace, Koepka
-3: Casey, Kim, Stenson
-2: Z Johnson, Wood, Dufner, Poulter, Matsuyama, Connelly
-1: Schauffele, Hoffman
E: Scott, Lovemark, Bland, Fowler, Ramsay
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