Good morning! Jordan Spieth had an epic final five holes to beat Matt Kuchar at Royal Birkdale and became the youngest American to ever win The Open and just the second golfer to win three legs of the career Grand Slam before turning 24. Here are the plays everybody will be talking about today:
Spieth’s drop in the driving range. It looked like everything was going to fall apart again, just as it did at the 2016 Masters when Spieth hit his drive on No. 13 about 100 yards to the right of the fairway. After about 15 minutes, Spieth eventually took advantage of three rules, and decided to take an unplayable lie and drop in the practice area near equipment trucks. After Spieth got overruled by his caddie on yardage, his approach shot was close enough to the green to save bogey and drop just one stroke behind Kuchar with five holes to play.
Spieth’s near-ace on No. 14. Spieth had just dropped from the top of the leaderboard for the first time all tournament. But when it looked like Spieth was ready to have a mental meltdown, instead he nearly hit a hole-in-one on the very next hole, a shot that started a string of four holes that included three birdies and an eagle.
Spieth’s old-school move after his long eagle putt. On No. 15, Spieth sank a 50-foot eagle putt to keep the momentum rolling. After the ball fell, Spieth pointed to his caddie, Michael Greller, and yelled at him to pick the ball up out of the hole. Spieth later explained that it was a move akin to the old-school golfers who would have their caddies retrieve the ball after chipping in.
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