Jordan Spieth has won the 2017 British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in spectacular, dramatic fashion.
Starting the fourth round with a two shot cushion, his golf through the first 12 holes could be described as mediocre by professional standards. On the 13th, he drove into trouble, so much in fact, that it took 20 minutes for him to get a ruling about from where to hit his next shot.
After taking a penalty for an unplayable lie, when he finally did hit that shot, his immediate reaction was disappointment, as he did not make clean contact. He came up short of the green, but fortunately, he avoided any major trouble, including any of Birkdale’s pot bunkers.
Spieth managed to save bogey just as it appeared that he was going to experience a fate similar to the 2016 Masters, where he squandered a lead on the 12th hole with two balls in the water.
He played the final five holes in five under par, despite constant pressure from Matt Kuchar, Spieth’s playing partner for the final round and the only potential threat to Spieth.
In winning the Open, Spieth becomes the second player of all time to win three Major championships before the age of 24. His birthday is in four days. He joins Jack Nicklaus in that elite group of two. Tiger Woods had more tour victories at this point, but just two Majors.
In less than three weeks, Spieth will try to add the final leg of a career Grand Slam to his resume when he tees off in the PGA Championship in Quail Hollow, North Carolina.
If he should win there, or otherwise win the PGA Championship at some time in his career, his name would be enshrined along those of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.