146th Open - Royal Birkdale 2017
Jordan Spieth wins The Open to claim third major championship and close in on career grand slam.
A record-breaking crowd of 235,000 spectators were enthralled by events during The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale, culminating in Jordon Spieth being crowned Champion Golfer of the Year for the first time.
Despite leading The Open after each of the first three rounds, the American found himself behind in the Championship for the first time after an eventful 13th hole of the final round and trailed compatriot Matt Kuchar by one stroke.
What happened next was the stuff of legend; Spieth proceeded to birdie the par three 14th, where he almost had a hole in one, ran in a putt of around 40 feet at the 15th for an eagle, birdied the 16th from around 20 feet, and rolled in another good putt for a birdie at the 17th. It was golf that belied what had gone beforehand.
A par on the 72nd hole enabled the 23-year-old to sign off for a round of 69, a 12-under-par total of 268 and a winning margin of three strokes over Kuchar. In claiming the Claret Jug for the first time, Spieth moved to within one win of a grand slam of major championships and has the Masters Tournament, the US Open and The Open crowns to his name.
During the third round, Branden Grace of South Africa fired eight birdies to post the first ever round of 62 during a major championship. Alfie Plant of England followed in the footsteps of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Silver Medal as the leading amateur who plays all four rounds of The Open.
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