Saturday’s game at the Royal Birkdale has, somehow, hinted the probable winner of this 146th The Open. Though, with last day’s game yet on the course, there is still some show left before the formal ceremonies. However, the final round is going to be a two-man race, majorly.
Brendan Grace would need to follow up his record-breaking 62 with another score in the mid-60s, or maybe it could be Dustin Johnson matching his Saturday score of 64, but even in those cases it will take a series of errors from the final group for the Claret Jug to be awarded to anyone other than Jordan Spieth or Matt Kuchar.
Both players tied for the lowest score of the day on Thursday with a 65 and enter the final round of play three strokes clear of the rest of the field. They had their hiccups on Friday, but with calmer conditions favoring low scores, there was a steady approach by both golfers. They attacked when birdie chances presented themselves but were more than happy to walk away from the green after par putts.
Spieth carded a second bogey-free 65 of the week, to head into the clubhouse with the overnight lead at 11 under par, keeping him three in front of Matt Kuchar on -8.
If he manages to win, it would make the 23-year-old only the second player after Jack Nicklaus to have won three of the game’s four majors before the age of 24.
Rory McIlroy promised much on Saturday, but come to the end of the day he was forced to admit his hopes of another major were all but over, having carded a one-under par 69.
The Open is now just a day away from having its 146th hero. With the kind of calculated shots Spieth is playing, it seems there is another history in making at the course of the Royal Birkdale. Tune in to DSport the live coverage of Round 4 of The Open. It is, indeed, going to be a breathtaking session with Kuchar putting forward all his experience and giving Spieth a tough run for the money.