The Open, Jordan Spieth Wins On An Up And Down Day

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 25, 2017

All in all, it was huge praise from the Golden Bear and a nice little addition to winning the claret jug for the soon-to-be 24-year-old Spieth.

Jordan Spieth shot 65 to take a three-shot lead into the final round as he looks to add his third major title after wins at the 2015 Masters and US Open. Mickelson has famously come up agonisingly short on multiple occasions at the U.S. Open, while the green jacket is the prize that has eluded McIlroy up to now. Kuchar shot a -1 for the day and a -9 for the tournament.

Clearly, Spieth's dynamic turnaround on the last five holes at Royal Birkdale has elevated him from being golf's coming attraction to a marquee performer who's certain to deliver thrills for a solid decade, maybe two.

"I'm in a position where it can be very advantageous, just everything I've gone through, the good, the bad, and everything in the middle", said Spieth.

Tens of thousands were here to witness it, massive crowds - but only a fraction of the people who will one day claim to have seen it. That's the definition right there of momentum and then all of a sudden then he was on a pig's back and off he went and rode off to victory. "I feel we're playing well but it's just not happening", he added.

NOTEWORTHY: Spieth joined Jack Nicklaus and Gene Sarazen as the only players to win three majors at 23 or younger.

Don't misinterpret what I am saying, though, because Spieth isn't the next Tiger Woods.

Right now, Spieth is the odds-on favorite to be that player. I believe Matt Kuchar will win a major championship.

Yesterday, eight players had managed it in the first seven groups out in the morning. It was as if he said, 'Hey, I've let this thing get away from me. He's a amusing guy. "I had a very good feeling about my putt".

Grace laid down the early challenge Saturday, setting the stage in balmy conditions compared with the gales and deluge of Friday.

He had only just made the cut on five-over after a awful round of 76 on Friday. He played the next four holes with two pars and two birdies and was two shots behind. But if you look, he's won 11 tournaments and I had won eight before 24. "I promise you", Grace told reporters.

The 29-year-old said that his caddie, Zack Rasego, had been the first to break the news to him.

In a place that celebrates golf history, Spieth made the kind you'll have to read over and over again because it nearly can't be believed. And I was like, "What are you talking about?" To seal the thing was pretty special.

Spieth, meanwhile, was forging ahead.

The afternoon sun was being elbowed out of the way by a bank of deep purple clouds and an amber weather warning for thunderstorms was put in place. Kuchar, by the way, birdied 15.

The shower was short-lived and so was Kuchar's pressing.

A big, black laden cloud which had been hovering finally burst and it seemed to rain on Kuchar's parade as he plunged his tee-shot on the 16th into the fairway bunker and then three-putted to rack up a potentially crippling double-bogey.

The legendary Golden Bear landed a record 18 in all - notching his final Masters in 1986 at the age of 46.

Sunday's stage is set.

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