Top 5 Putts from The Open
Jordan Spieth’s performance on the back nine at Royal Birkdale will go down in Open history.It’s no surprise that the pick of his putts on that run finishes in top spot in our rundown of the top five putts from The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
5. Branden Grace
The Open has had its fair share of South African heroics through the years, most notably with a quartet of Champion Golfers. In 2017, Branden Grace added his name to the history books with the lowest-ever round in a major championship. His 62 in the third round at Royal Birkdale put him in a class of his own, and he started the round on fire. After a birdie on the 1st, it was his effort on the 4th which showed the form he was in. Having laid up about 35 feet past the hole, he pushed his putt to the right initially, allowing it to ease back round and over the final ridge before dropping in. With an eight-under round he set himself up for a top-ten finish, and although he could not match those heroics on day four, carding a 70, he ended up tied sixth – his best-ever finish at The Open.
4. Connor Syme
Just turned 22 when he arrived at Royal Birkdale, Scottish amateur Connor Syme is not short of golfing pedigree with father Stuart both his coach and a professional himself. Appearing in his first major, Syme managed a 73 in his first round, before really catching the eye the following day. On the 2nd hole he found himself just short of the green. Opting for the putter rather than a wedge, he put enough on his putt to get it to come round from the left and drop in. While he finished the day with a 76, meaning he missed the cut, Syme finished second among amateurs and has since gone on to turn professional.
3. Rickie Fowler
He’s only 29 but Rickie Fowler already has a case for being the best player never to win a major, having recorded seven top-five finishes already. Two of those have come at The Open, although in 2017 he had to settle for tied 22nd, but he did produce one of the putts of the Championship. On day two, having birdied the 6th, he did the same again on the seventh thanks to an epic long putt. In blustery conditions, he found himself downhill of the hole having hit his approach shot to the left of the green. That did not stop him though as he judged his up-and-down perfectly, the ball coming in from the left before trickling inexorably into the hole.
2. Zach Johnson
Two years on from being crowned Champion Golfer of the Year at St Andrews, Zach Johnson was back in the thick of things at Royal Birkdale in an up-and-down week. Shooting over par on days one and three, he managed to go four-under in both the second and fourth rounds, and it was on Championship Sunday that he really stepped things up. In 2015 his birdie from 30 feet got him to a play-off that he went on to win, this time around he went three times better, sinking a putt from 90! Off the green and just hoping to get down in two, Johnson judged his effort to perfection leaving it resting against the flag and in.
1. Jordan Spieth
Who could we have finished with other than Jordan Spieth after his magical back nine? Following an early wobble, his run of birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie from holes 14 to 17 set him on his way to becoming the 2017 Champion Golfer, with the pick of the bunch coming on the 15th. It was clearly a hole he enjoyed, having already eagled on the Friday, but his effort on the Sunday was far more important, regaining the lead over Matt Kuchar. Having just landed on the green he was left with a 48-footer for eagle which he managed to draw in from the right and into the heart of the hole. Kuchar managed a birdie of his own, but with a one-shot lead, Spieth sensed this was his moment and he never looked back with consecutive birdies to all but wrap up the Claret Jug.