American Spieth holds off Kuchar to win British Open

first_imgSOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth survived a roller-coaster final round at the British Open to claim his third major title after beating fellow American Matt Kuchar by three strokes in a thrilling duel at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.Spieth carded a one-under-par final round of 69 to finish on 12-under for the tournament but, after three days of consistent golf by the American, it was a remarkable day of highs and lows for the 23-year-old.The Texan, who won the U.S Masters and U.S. Open in 2015, joined Jack Nicklaus as one of only two players to win three legs of the career grand slam before turning 24. Tiger Woods was 24 when he won his third different major.Spieth began the day with a three-stroke lead but saw that evaporate on the front nine, where he made four bogeys and a birdie to enter the turn sharing the lead with Kuchar on eight-under, before he steadied himself and surged to victory.Clutching the Claret Jug awarded to the winner, Spieth, the youngest American to win the British Open and the youngest from any country since a 22-year-old Seve Ballesteros in 1979, said his victory was “a dream come true”.“I drank some wine from the Claret Jug when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and people said that was bad luck. I started to believe them too after nine holes today,” he added.He was forced to take a penalty stroke after deeming the ball unplayable and, after a lengthy series of deliberations, he played his second shot from the edge of the practice range next to the television trucks.Spieth scrambled to make a creditable bogey out of the par-four hole but that still handed the lead to 39-year-old Kuchar, who was playing the more solid golf as the wind rose and temperature fell.However, the sight of his rival alone at the top of the leaderboard appeared to click a switch in Spieth who responded with a birdie on the par-three 14th, where he was close to a hole-in-one.When that (birdie) putt went in was my first vocal appreciation of the day. And I knew that we had momentum on our side and we were tied.“All of a sudden I felt and believed that I could win that golf tournament, when 30 minutes prior and really the entire day after the fourth hole I didn’t feel that way,” he said.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 last year.As he received the trophy Spieth paid tribute to compatriot Kuchar, saying he had enjoyed the battle and describing him as a great champion and class act.“I believe Matt Kuchar will win a major championship. And I believe that he’ll do it sometime soon. He’s a great champion and he’s such a great person,” Spieth said of his rival, who had been given underdog backing from the Birkdale crowd.last_img read more

Horse Racing Tips

first_imgIAMALLABOUTTHEBEST DEMOLITION BOY IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST IAMALLABOUTTHEBESTLEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURECAMPESINO CAMPESINO #CAMPESINO CAMPESINOMOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT#SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLERUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GAL ZEPHYR RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS #SWEET DIMENSION PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS#ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANO ITALIANOLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS #LORD EQUUSLOTTERY TICKET HONEY DARLIN HONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKETNUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRBLUE DIXIE #SILVER CLOUD SMOKEY TOPAZ #SMOKEY TOPAZDEMOLITION BOY LEILANI IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST #IAMALLABOUTTHEBESTLEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURE LEGENDARY PLEASURECAMPESINO CAMPESINO #CAMPESINO CAMPESINO#MOM’S STUDENT #MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT #MOM’S STUDENTFIX IT UP SOUND OF MIRACLE FIX IT UP SOUND OF MIRACLERUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESSITALIANO ITALIANO MIND SET ITALIANOLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUSHONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKET HONEY DARLIN HONEY DARLIN#NUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRBLUE DIXIE SMOKEY TOPAZ SILVER CLOUD SMOKEY TOPAZDEMOLITION BOY DEMOLITION BOY #LEILANI IAMALLABOUTTHEBESTBATIDOR DE MUNDO PERSIAN BELLE LEGENDARY PLEASURE #WATER WAVECAMPESINO CAMPESINO CAMPESINO CAMPESINO#MOM’S STUDENT #MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENTSOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLECROWN PRINCESS RUNAWAY GAL ZEPHYR RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESS #DAYTON AFFAIRITALIANO MIND SET ITALIANO MIND SETLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS #LORD EQUUS LORD EQUUS#LOTTERY TICKET LOTTERY TICKET HONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKETNUCLEAR AFFAIR #NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRKOBALT SMOKEY TOPAZ SMOKEY TOPAZ SMOKEY TOPAZIAMALLABOUTTHEBEST #DEMOLITION BOYLEGENDARY PLEASURE PERSIAN BELLE#CAMPESINO CAMPESINO#MOM’S STUDENT MOM’S STUDENTSOUND OF MIRACLE SOUND OF MIRACLERUNAWAY GAL RUNAWAY GALPROLIFIC PRINCESS PROLIFIC PRINCESSITALIANO SIR SOUTHLORD EQUUS LORD EQUUSHONEY DARLIN LOTTERY TICKETNUCLEAR AFFAIR NUCLEAR AFFAIRMERITONE #MERITONElast_img read more