What a weekend for the 23-year-old from Texas! Sunday afternoon, Spieth won his 3rd major title, capturing the British Open at the Royal Birkdale. This major had to be the most impressive out of the three, as the adversity he faced throughout the weekend was unmatched to his previous title wins. To start, the weather was extremely challenging. Whether it was the wind or the rain, conditions were far from perfect, and Spieth would have to find a way to brace the elements. Secondly, Spieth has had a dark cloud over his back on not being able to finish big tournaments and having a tendency to “choke”. On Saturday, Spieth shot a remarkable 65 and more impressively, did not bogey the entire round. Spieth was sitting pretty at -11 and had a 3 stroke lead to American golfer and good friend of Spieth, Matt Kuchar. The round did not start well for Spieth. He bogeyed 3 out of his first 4 holes and in a blink of an eye, the lead was gone and it looked like this was going to be another Jordan Spieth collapse. He had other ideas.
He responded nicely and for the next 9 holes, Kuchar and Speith would battle it out. It was the classic case of “anything you can do, I can do better”. It looked as if we perhaps were headed to a playoff but then on the 13th, the unthinkable happened. With a 1 stroke lead, Spieth stepped up to the tee box and hit an awful, errant tee shot. The ball would land on a hill and as soon as the ball hit the ground, about 40 spectators flocked to the ball like they were wild animals. For the next 20 minutes, and no I am not exaggerating, Spieth would prepare for the shot. He couldn’t see the hole from where the ball landed so he had to continuously walk up and down this hill.
He than deemed the shot “unplayable” and would take a one stroke penalty for the drop. He went down the hill, even further away from the hole and took his drop. He than yelled at the media, photographers, and spectators to essentially get the hell out of his way. It was chaos. I have never seen anything like it in my experience watching golf. Spieth then finally set up for his shot which followed by a sarcastic applause from the crowd. You could tell it pissed him off and motivated him in a way to hit a great shot. He did just that. Spieth hit a beautiful shot setting him up for a chip and then a putt to get a bogey.
That could have been a disaster for Spieth and it was an incredible save, maybe one of the best in major history. He would then birdie the 14th and on the 15th, hit a “dart to the heart” eagle putt.
You could see in his eyes after he drained the eagle putt he was not going to let this one slip away. He then birdied 16 and 17 and the rest was pretty much history. Spieth had done it. He had faced all the adversity and proved the doubters who said he couldn’t close wrong. In my opinion, it was one of the most impressive back 9’s to close out a major. Spieth is a special golfer and is now looking to complete the Carrer Grand Slam at the PGA Championship in a few weeks.