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Jordan Spieth Wins The British Open

Andrew Sander

Posted on July 24, 2017 18:05

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Jordan Spieth has captured the 3rd leg out of 4 in his quest for a career Grand Slam. At the age of 23, Spieth became the youngest golfer ever to win the British Open — or “The Open,” as the Brits pretentiously now claim it’s called.

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Spieth held the lead, or at least a share of it, for all four days of the tournament and finished three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar who finished second.  The impressive part of this major win for Spieth, the third of his career, was his ability to keep his composure after facing adversity in the final 9 holes and losing the lead. 

The young golfer out of Dallas showed a killer instinct on the final four holes that not many expected to see after a collapse in the 2016 Masters, where he let the lead slip away on the back 9 in one of the most infamous collapses in golf history. Spieth admits that thoughts of the '16 Masters crept into his head late in the round when things took a turn for the worst. 

"I put a lot of pressure on myself, unfortunately, and not on purpose, just thinking about [how] this is the best opportunity that I've had since the '16 Masters. And if it weren't to go my way today, then all I'm going to be questioned about and thought about is in comparison to that, and that adds a lot of pressure."

Not only was Spieth able to take back the lead but he was able to walk away with the win with possibly the most impressive finish in Major history, going 4 under par in the final 4 holes.

The amazing thing about Spieth, and his ability to win, is that he doesn't do anything incredibility well. He doesn't drive the ball great distances like Dustin Johnson, he isn't an amazing wedge player like Phil Mickelson, he just plays his own game and sticks to what he knows. Many players had a hard time putting into words what they saw from the young star in yesterday's final round.

"Words fail me, those intangibles are the things I just don't understand," said Zach Johnson, who tied for 14th at the tournament.

Spieth will have a chance to complete his career grand slam in a few weeks when he competes at the PGA Championship in North Carolina starting on August 9th. I can’t wait! 

Andrew Sander

Posted on July 24, 2017 18:05

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Jordan Spieth consulting with rules officials on the 13th hole at the British Open on Sunday.

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