WATCH: How Jordan Spieth Won The Open Championship

Jordan Spieth kisses the Claret Jug following his victory at the Open Championship. (Photo credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND | It was difficult to believe that the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale could outdo the 2016 instalment at Royal Troon, but somehow it did. The 23-year-old Jordan Spieth had rounds of 65, 69, 65 and 69 to win by three from Matt Kuchar and give himself the chance of completing a career Grand Slam at the upcoming PGA Championship.

Open Championship (Final)
Jordan Spieth -12
Matt Kuchar -9
Haotong Li -6
Rory McIlroy -5
Rafa Cabrera-Bello -5
Matthew Southgate -4
Marc Leishman
Alex Noren
Brendan Grace -4
Brooks Koepka -4

Spieth did not hit a lot of fairways and, after disappearing from sight at the 13th and end up having to hit near the Titleist truck on the driving range, it looked for all the world as if the Claret Jug would soon be handed to Kuchar, who, at that point, was one ahead. Instead, the eventual winner’s ensuing bogey was a good result for him and a shock to Kuchar’s system. Spieth’s next steps towards his recovery included a near hole-in-one at the 14th, an eagle at the 15th and two further birdies. There was nothing Kuchar could do against such an onslaught. 

In his winner’s speech, Spieth said what everyone was thinking, namely that either one of them could have got the luck which had finally come his way. “Matt took it in his stride and he kept smiling.”

Spieth thanked his caddie, Michael Greller, for not allowing him to get down on himself and he thanked the crowd who had broken the Open Championship attendance record. “We look forward to coming over here and playing in front of the most respectful and educated fans in the world. We could not appreciate them more.”

He acknowledged, cheerfully, that the fans would not like him taking the Claret Jug back to America but, so fine a day’s watching had the crowd enjoyed that they didn’t seem to mind.

Haotong Li of China finished in third place after a scintillating Sunday 63, while Rory McIlroy, who had been 5-over par in no time at all last Thursday, came through the field to finish on 5-under par and in a share of fourth place with Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

England’s Matthew Southgate, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2015, had an Open to give hope to thousands of cancer sufferers around the world. He returned to the tour four months after surgery; and competing in this year’s Open as a qualifier, finished in a share of sixth place.


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