Spieth backed to complete Grand Slam after Open win

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

Spieth rolled in a 30-foot putt across the 16th green for a two-shot lead, and he kept that margin by pouring in a 7-foot putt to match birdies with Kuchar.

"It was phenomenal from tee-to-green", Spieth said of his round.

Playing with South Africa's Ernie Els, a two-time former British Open victor, Li sealed his superb effort with an immaculate approach shot to within five feet of the pin on 18, leaving an easy birdie putt.

QUOTEWORTHY: "Today took as much out of me as any day that I've ever played golf". Fifteen players shot 66 or better.

Animated, always chuntering - to caddie Michael Greller and himself - and quick to acknowledge the outstretched hands of fans as he swept past, Spieth pushed his lead back to two over playing partner Kuchar with a second straight birdie at the eighth. "I'll be playing with him but not focused on him".

"He just beats you because he's better". "So it's a good start, but there is a long way to go".

He ended up shooting 82 and 84 over the weekend to finish last among the players to make the cut, but he also won the China Open previous year when still just 20 and represented his country at the Olympics in Rio.

Forty-two golfers posted under-par scores in the third round, which was contested in benign conditions and bright sunshine, a complete reversal from the cold wind and driving rain the golfers faced a day before, when the average score was more than 75 and eight scores in the 80s were carded.

If he does, Spieth will join golf's Famous Five - Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan are the other winners of each major - at a younger age than the rest, having already become the youngest American to win the British Open.

Grace, 29, finished his round before second-round leader Spieth teed off. So it was really special to see. "I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever", he added. "I knew that another major win would be the one thing that would prove I'm capable of closing these majors out".

"When you get on a roll like that guys (opponents) kind of start knowing that you know how to win, nearly like Tiger where people can maybe feel like they can't do it against Jordan because he's been up there a few times now".

It would also put Spieth one leg away from the career Grand Slam of all four majors with just the U.S. PGA to go.

Spieth, 23, finished 11 under to close in on his third major title after winning the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015.

Jordan Spieth turned a potential major meltdown into one of the most extraordinary victories in Open Championship history at Royal Birkdale.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson (64) and defending champion Henrik Stenson (65) are in a group eight shots back.

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