The 2017 British Open has concluded with Jordan Spieth winning the Claret Jug. Let’s take a look at the top of the final leaderboard at Royal Birkdale.
From Day 1 at Royal Birkdale, it was Jordan Spieth’s time to win his first Claret Jug. He led the entire way and will become a major champion for the third time. Back in 2015, he won the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open. All the 23-year-old golf prodigy needs to complete the grand slam is the PGA Championship. He has come in second there before.
It was a sensational tournament for the Dallas, Texas native. When the weather was cooperative in Southport, he took advantage. On Friday when the weather was awful, Spieth did a fine job holding serve. He would beat out his most worthy adversary in the tournament in fellow American Matt Kuchar by three strokes at -12.
The signature moment for Spieth in this tournament has to come on No. 13 on championship Sunday. He sliced it horribly out of the tee box. It looked like there was no chance he was going to salvage anything on that hole. Instead, he managed a bogey and then shot under par on four of the next five holes to win the Claret Jug.
If this tournament did anything for Spieth, it was a huge boost in his Round 4 confidence in recent major tournaments. His collapse in the 2016 Masters Tournament was well documented and Spieth played badly in the front-nine at Royal Birkdale on Sunday, bogeying three of the first four holes.
Nevertheless, Spieth prevailed to outlast Kuchar and win the Claret Jug. Here is how the top of the leaderboard shook out on championship Sunday in Southport.
2017 Open Championship, Round 4 leaderboard
- 1. Jordan Spieth (-12)
- 2. Matt Kuchar (-9)
- 3. Haotong Li (-6)
- T4. Rory McIlroy (-5)
- T4. Rafael Cabrera-Bello (-5)
- T6. Matthew Southgate (-4)
- T6. Marc Leishman (-4)
- T6. Alex Noren (-4)
- T6. Branden Grace (-4)
- T6. Brooks Koepka (-4)
Congratulations to Spieth for winning the Claret Jug. It was fine weekend of golf from the Texas native. He might be in line to win the PGA Championship coming up in August. Well done, good sir!