Jordan Spieth Wins The 2017 Open Championship

Jordan Spieth Wins The 2017 Open Championship”

Things got a little bit weird though, nobody knew where Spieth could drop and he was eventually forced back into a practice area. In 1971, Chinese Taipei's Lu Liang-huan, sporting a pork pie hat wherever he went, finished second to Lee Trevino of the U.S., missing out on the Claret Jug by a single stroke.

Spieth could have not been more to the right of the 13th fairway as he was on that shot.

Tied for the lead with Matt Kuchar, it looked like Spieth would choke again.

Li, 21, started the day at +1 for the championship and parred his first seven holes before a remarkable run of seven birdies and four pars in his remaining 11 holes.

Kuchar clawed one back with a brilliant up-and-down from the sand for birdie at 17 which Spieth could not match from the same trap, and the pair provided a grandstand finish as Spieth holed from 20 feet for birdie at the last after Kuchar came close to holing his approach, but he was unable to convert the chance from six feet.

Over the next five holes, the nearly 24-year-old Spieth made, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, par to get to 12-under. He was three behind leader Jordan Spieth.

Spieth said his caddie played a massive role in keeping his head in the game.

Spieth had been top of the leaderboard after each of the first three rounds and his victory saw him emulate the great Jack Nicklaus in getting his hands on a third different major before turning 24. Gene Sarazen in 1923 was the only other player with three majors that young. He just had no answers for Spieth's final blitz. But, aside from Kuchar, no one out on the course was within less than four shots of the lead.

If, after four holes, there is still a tie, the leaders will play the 18th hole in a sudden death format until a victor is declared.

For a while, it looked like Haotong Li - who shot a final round 63 to finish at 6-under on the tournament - may be in position for a playoff. He became the first player to post all four rounds in the 60s at Royal Birkdale, which was hosting its 10th Open.

Local hero Tommy Fleetwood has now urged the R&A to host the championship at Royal Birkdale more than every nine-ten years as it has done over recent stagings.

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