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Golf's mama's-boy joke almost pulled off Jordan Spieth shocker

24 Julio 2017, 08:57 | Cornelio Vivanco

Golf's mama's-boy joke almost pulled off Jordan Spieth shocker

Jordan Spieth weathered strong winds and heavy rain to lead the British Open by two shots at halfway at Royal Birkdale

All that mattered to him was the present.

Starting with a three-shot lead over Kuchar, he immediately opened the door for his Ryder Cup teammate with a bogey at the first hole, then another dropped shot at the third and another at the fourth.

He becomes only the sixth player to lead The Open from start to finish, the first win at Birkdale with four consecutive rounds in the 60s.

The break of the tournament - and a moment that will rate alongside Seve Ballesteros making birdie from the auto park when he won at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1979 - was when Spieth discovered the range was part of the course.

"Matt didn't lose the tournament at all today", Spieth said. "I thought 67 was a good score".

He was at 11-under 199, breaking by six shots the 54-hole record at Royal Birkdale that Tom Watson set in 1983. In fairness, there was much to admire about how he recovered and, after rolling in a birdie putt on the ninth hole of his final round to get within four shots of the lead, even got into the fringes of contention.

On the 12th at Augusta, it was not the mistake Spieth made off the tee that did for him, but the way he took a drop and chopped his third shot back into the creek.


A 1-under 69 just didn't cut it on a day of ideal conditions when Branden Grace was shooting 62 — the lowest ever score at a major — and Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar were shooting 65 and 66, respectively, in the final group.

Spieth was embracing both memories. "I didn't quite get there". "Growing up I just wanted to be able to compete, but things have progressed very quickly. And I also understand how you can keep on rolling on one".

The Masters a year ago was still in his head, he admitted.

"It was more hard to win today that it probably even looked and it probably looked pretty hard", Spieth said.

"It would be a dream to win here, but this course doesn't owe me anything, right?".

But after Spieth turned potential disaster into a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie tear, Kuchar couldn't keep up.

Spieth responded by nearly acing No. 14 and making birdie, rolling in a 50-foot putt for eagle on No. 15, and making a 30-foot putt across the 16th green for birdie.


"It's crushing. It hurts", said Kuchar, who posted his best finish in a major to beat the joint-third in the 2012 Masters.

"Today took as much out of me as any day that I've ever played golf", Spieth told reporters. "Everybody thinks it's one of the best ones we play on the rotation", he said. "Hard, but I'll look forward to the challenge of trying again".

"It was certainly a show that he put on". Now, on the day when he was up against it the way he was, he had played the greatest four-hole stretch in major championship golf history. "So it's a good start, but there is a long way to go". Miller was the first to shoot 63 in a major at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Kuchar said it didn't interrupt his momentum. Along the way, they created a little separation from the rest of the field. A gobsmacked Kuchar couldn't do anything more than smile and roll in his birdie to stay within a shot.

It is approaching three years since McIlroy won the last of his four majors, the US PGA Championship, which he says is "too long" for a player of his talent and ambition.

Grace wound up seven shots behind even after his 62.

McIlroy, the victor in 2015, eagled the 17th to get inside the top five, joining Cabrera-Bello, who fired a 2-under-par 68.


At the 13th, Spieth hooked his drive so far left he was in another suburb.



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