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Latest scores from Royal Birkdale as Jordan Spieth chases win

24 Julio 2017, 01:04 | Cornelio Vivanco

Latest scores from Royal Birkdale as Jordan Spieth chases win

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson struggled to mount a challenge on the second day in northwest England

"And I'm going to enjoy it more than I've enjoyed anything that I've accomplished in the past". Amid thousands of people, the golf course was suddenly a very lonely place.

But the 23-year-old somehow regained his composure to play the next four holes in five under par to card a remarkable closing 69 and finish 12 under par, three shots ahead of Kuchar, who also shot 69 after a bogey on the last.

He just said, hey, you broke my record (laughing).

"If you keep it in play, it's nearly hard to make a bogey out there, you know?"

"What an incredible venue, what an incredible set up".

"But I wouldn't rather be in any other position than where we're at. It's a dream come true". "But it feels good to have this in my hands".

Whenever someone does something spectacular, human nature is for us to think that it was the latest and greatest and that it's the harbinger of more spectacular things to come. I had no idea that 62 was obviously the lowest ever.

Spieth is only one win away from obtaining golf's elusive "grand slam".

He escaped from the hole with just a bogey five, giving his head a wry shake as he walked off the green, Greller grinning from ear to ear.

He littered three of his first four holes with dropped shots to lose his lead completely with a putter than couldn't look colder, but Kuchar didn't take advantage of Jordan's worst golf of the week when he had the chance. To settle a victor, the players knotted across the leaderboard would play holes No. 1, 2, 17, and 18.

He approached the tee box on No. 13 tied for the lead with Kuchar at 8-under.

He then brilliantly sank a 45-yard putt to eagle the par-five 15th and followed that with birdies on the 16th and 17th to banish any thought of a repeat of his U.S. Masters meltdown a year ago.

Spieth's 6-iron that nearly went in on the par-3 14th.

Kuchar held his composure together to make birdie and make sure he was only one back with three to play, but the deficit was back to two at the 16th as Spieth's restored trust in his putting stroke resulted in another huge putt, this time from 30 feet, dropping in the cup dead-weight and lifting him back to where he started the round - 11 under.

Kuchar had been hoping to extend that run and become the sixth champion from the last seven Opens aged 39 or older. He would go on to miss his putt with Spieth falling one back instead of a disastrous two shots behind Kuchar.

Only legends of the game - Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen - have won all four legs of the Slam.

McIlroy got as close as three shots off the lead, but paid for losing his first ball at the 15th.

Kuchar was outright second, his best finish in a major at nine-under, with China's Li Haotong third at six-under. "I started holing everything", the Chinese said in an interview with Golf Channel. "But having been in unplayable situations before, I just asked the question, is the driving range out of bounds?"

"Zack came up and said, "You're in the history books".

Here's how to watch the final round of the 2017 British Open online.

Local hero Tommy Fleetwood has now urged the R&A to host the championship at Royal Birkdale more than every nine-ten years as it has done over recent stagings.



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