The Open, Jordan Spieth Has An Electric Day 3

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 23, 2017

South Africa's Branden Grace lines up a putt on the 18th green during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, Saturday July 22, 2017.

Spieth almost aced the par-3 14th, made an outrageous eagle at the par-5 15th and followed those with another long birdie putt at the par-4 16th to more or less put Kuchar away.

Spieth prompted memories of his Masters meltdown previous year when, after starting his round with a three-shot lead over his fellow American, bogeyed three of the first four holes and found himself trailing by one after a remarkable bogey at the 13th, where he was forced to take a penalty drop on the driving range after a woeful drive. Spieth was warming up on the range when Branden Grace shot 62, the lowest 18-hole score in major history.

At the moment, Spieth has run away with The Open and is poised to win on Sunday.

And there could be rain at the back end of their round to add a further element of intrigue.

The best scorecard from the first 10 groups out on Sunday was Aaron Baddeley's 64. Tiger Woods was 24 when he won his third different major. The chasing pack, of course, will take heart from the fact that Spieth blew a five-shot lead in the final round of last year's Masters, but the player himself believes he can use that disappointment to ensure this golden chance doesn't slip through his grasp as well.

The 39-year-old Kuchar, bidding for his first major title, waited patiently as the watching world held its breath.

Spieth nearly didn't win The 2017 Open Championship after a bad tee shot on No. 13. This year, the weather made a decision to comply, resulting in one of the busiest and craziest Saturdays a major championship has ever seen.

"It's not that I ever felt like I was playing Jordan (on Saturday)", said Kuchar, who was paired with Spieth on Saturday, too.

Spieth led by three shots going into the final round, but lost the lead on the 13th hole where he made a remarkable bogey after taking an unplayable lie on the side of a sand dune.

Ian Poulter was three under par after 16 holes, with World No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama also -3 after eight holes. I understand that leads can be squandered quickly, and I also understand how you can keep on rolling on one.

Two months ago when Spieth went searching for answers off the face of a new putter the idea that he could go wire-to-wire at Royal Birkdale would have been met with a measure of skepticism.

"To be in after two days and be under par for this championship after the way I started, I'm ecstatic with that", McIlroy said, per Ferguson.

Things aren't as easy for Jason Day (+2), who's starring down the barrel of a double bogey on the opening hole after a poor tee-shot. "But I'm going to need to shoot probably 9-under, I would imagine". "It's something I've been dreaming about and picturing myself here for a long time". "I've watched a lot of video of my play in LA and Mexico and at the Match Play just to see if I can notice anything with my swing compared to now".

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