Spieth holds three shot lead at British Open

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 23, 2017

The 23-year-old Texan was terrific shooting a 5-under 65, to sit at 11-under par for the tournament, extending his lead to three shots over Matt Kuchar and books are so confident in Spieth's ability to close, that he is now a huge fave to win The Open Championship. More recent was a one-shot lead at Augusta to start the final round, a five-shot lead at the turn and a quadruple-bogey on the 12th hole that cost him another green jacket.

Spieth bogeyed three of the first four holes to find himself tied with Kuchar at -8. Spieth looked lost on the greens and had just sprayed his tee shot left, forced to take unplayable drop and fired a shot from the practice tee to the left side of the green.

Spieth's 54-hole total score of 199 is just one shot shy of the British Open record held by Tom Lehman.

A victory on Sunday would make Spieth only the second player after Jack Nicklaus to have won three of the game's four majors before the age of 24. He was tied with Spieth for the lead on Thursday after shooting 65 and almost went shot-for-shot with the young champion on Saturday and Sunday until the final five holes.

The eagle came on No. 15, where Spieth hit the green in two, then calmly sank a 50-footer for his 3.

Grace had five birdies on the front nine to go out in just 29 before three more coming home, at the short 14th and back-to-back at 16 and 17.

A two-stroke swing on the ninth hole evened things up, with Matt Kuchar catching Jordan Spieth, who had started the day three shots ahead. He swallowed just two bogeys on the back nine, the entire week, playing the homeward nine at 7-under-par. Grace, who made the cut by one shot, finished at 4-under 206.

Li roared up to third on the leaderboard after his stunning round of 63 left him at six-under overall.

His score also set a course record, on a day when there were already three 65s and three 66s among the early starters.

Grace's record score came one year after Phil Mickelson nearly became the first to shoot 62 until his birdie putt on the 18th at Royal Troon in the first round swirled around the edge of the cup.

The 39-year-old got back to within two of Spieth by getting up and down from a greenside bunker at the 17th, something the leader was unable to do. In particular, he circled five birdies in his last seven holes, including each of the last four.

And as Spieth approached he offered a sporting apology to Kuchar for taking so long.

Anything can happen in links golf, but it does appear to be a two-horse race as Austin Connelly of Canada and US Open champion Brooks Koepka are tied for third but have work to do on -5.

South African Branden Grace, who carded his history making eight under 62 in the third round, will play alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama in the third last pairing.

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