It’s the platforms like The Open that differentiates the legends from the ordinary. It’s the courses like The Royal Birkdale that brings out the precision, perseverance, and passion out of you. On the fourth and final round of 146th The Open championship, we witnessed some extraordinary performances by Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth, but as it is said, how you handle high-pressure moments determines how far you go. Yes, it’s Jordan Spieth who could hold his nerves till the last hole and emerged triumphant in the 146th edition of The Open at Royal Birkdale. The American is now the second player after Jack Nicklaus to win three of golf’s four majors before the age of 24 which is another great feat to attain.
Jordan Spieth won his major by three shots after an enthralling battle with Matt Kuchar. Spieth, 23, blew a three-shot overnight lead by the turn and trailed Kuchar after dropping a shot on the 13th. He managed to wrestle back and take lead with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie to finish on 12 under and win his third major after the Masters and US Open.
Twenty-one-year-old Li Haotong of China played the second lowest round of the tournament with a 63 to climb to third place on six under. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hit a three-under 67 to tie for fourth on five under, alongside Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello (68). England’s world number 172 Matthew Southgate finished on four under for a tie for sixth place, along with South Africa’s Branden Grace, who carded the first 62 in a men’s major in the third round.
Spieth, who either led or tied for the lead after every round, carded a one-under-par 69, with fellow American Kuchar’s 69 leaving him on nine under. Though he started out with the wrong foot, his final round at Royal Birkdale, with three bogeys on the opening four holes was a treat for the eyes. He was aware of the fact that despite a birdie on the fifth, he needed just another dropped shot on the ninth to reach the turn level with his playing partner, who birdied the ninth.
Spieth, who will play the PGA Championship within a month’s time from now, needs just that win to complete his Grand Slam collection. A win at The Open would certainly have lifted his confidence and self-belief. His incredible victory can be credited to his determination, that despite playing a swing 120 yards of the fairways and after several discussions with the R&A officials, he managed to almost birdie his following Tee shot. With DSport live telecasting the PGA Championship from August 10th-13th, golf fans in India will have yet another chance to enjoy Jordan Spieth’s flawless game, that him lift the Claret Jug.