The 146th Open Championship, sometimes referred to as the British Open, wrapped up yesterday. There was drama, there were birds of all feathers, there were nut taps, and behind all of that was just-shy of 24 year old Jordan Spieth, who took home his 3rd major.
The drama that will make this Open one that is talked about for years was actually self-created. Spieth shanked his 13th tee shot so badly to the right his second shot was hit from the Royal Birksdale driving range over a large hill that completely blocked his view of the hole. For about 20 minutes he talked it over with his caddie, discussing options from atop the hill, looking out at the expanse of 13, and his win slipping away. Well, he hit a testicularly heavy shot to get himself in a good enough position to bogey the hole. Then he simply went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie before a casual par on 18 to beat Matt Kuchar. Ridiculous stuff from the Prince of the high school class of 2011 that also produced the likes of Justin Thomas, among a slew of others.
A couple of other things should be noted. One being that Kuchar played exceptional as well, hats off to him.
Finally, huge tip of the cap to Branden Grace and his score of 62 on day 3, the lowest in tournament history. Just an obscene day on the links for the man from Pretoria.
The next major is the PGA Championship beginning on August 10th. We’ve already had a couple of classics this year and here is to keeping that trend going.