After Brandon Grace’s astonishing round of 62 on the 3rd day of the Open Championship, Jordan Spieth was the overnight leader at -11 closely followed by Matt Kuchar at -8.
With Alfie Plant having already secured the silver medal for the best amateur, the Claret Jug and the title of Champion Golfer of the year was all there was to play for. For the majority of the day the clubhouse lead was held by Haotong Li after he posted an impressive round of 63, finishing on -6, Li had all the chance in the world of being called back to play in the play off.
Jordan Spieth’s round got off to the worse start possible, the two time major winner looked like he was going to do what he did just over a year ago at Augusta, throwing his compromising lead away and handing the victory on a plate to someone else. With a bogey on the 1st,3rd and 4th holes this was the worst start possible and was now level with Kuchar, although a birdie on the 5th look him into the lead again. Although, when Kuchar birdied and Spieth bogeyed the 9th it was back to going downhill. It was all square there until the thirteenth. A wayward tee shot from Spieth at 13, 40 yards or so from the fairway on the right hand side (over a dune), it looked like it was Kuchar’s to lose. While Kuchar held par, Spieth took his shot from the practise green after a long time and manage to escape with a bogey.
This amazing feat seemed to give Spieth the momentum and he followed this with a brilliant tee shot at the par 3 14. Resulting with a birdy, he held a monster putt at 15 for an eagle, a birdy at 16, a birdy 17, and a par at 18. And that was how Spieth was crowned Champion Golfer of the Year.
Congratulations to Jordan Spieth!