The Open Championship – Can Spieth Finish What He Started

The Open Championship is living up to its hype. Jordan Spieth continues to lead and from the looks of things, he is on his way to another Major Championship. He is definitely the main attraction right now, but given that Branden Grace shot a 62 on moving day, anything can happen!

The final day of any Major Championship has its pressures and The Open is no different. The history attached to the Claret Jug adds that extra something that might tip the scales during the last 9 holes at Royal Birkdale.

History provides some possible insight into today’s action and if history tends to repeat itself as suggested over and over, Jordan Spieth might not run away with the final leg of The Open Championship. Spieth is a great player and with two wins already this year, has proven he can handle the tough matches, but today he will have to be on form to win his third Major.

The Royal Birkdale is the game changer for this year’s Major. Demonstrated by the low scores on moving day, steady state playing for the leaders may not be good enough. Any player in the top 5 have a legitimate chance to win. Of course, Jordan Spieth is the favorite and will likely close everyone out, but there is an outside chance that someone else will step up and snatch another Major from Spieth.

As a Canadian, I hope that Austin Connelly plays the round of his life and walks away with the Claret Jug. He was not on my radar earlier, but now that he is in the hunt and my original pick, Justin Rose, is playing for pride today, I am going to throw my support behind my fellow Canadian. Regardless of who wins, the final round of The Open Championship is going to be exciting to watch.

Who is your favorite today?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

This article was written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer golf blog.

2 thoughts on “The Open Championship – Can Spieth Finish What He Started

  1. Here’s some golf record trivia that might apply if Spieth wins:

    1. Having already claimed the 2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open, Spieth can win the third leg of the career grand slam. Only 18 players have won three of golf’s grand slam of majors in their career. Of those 18, only Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are considered active players.

    2. Still a few days shy of his 24th birthday, Spieth would join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three legs of the grand slam before turning 24. Tiger Woods did not win his third major until he was 24 years and six months old.

    3. A win at Birkdale would be Spieth’s 11th career PGA Tour victory. Noteworthy players with 10 or less: Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Nick Faldo, Bubba Watson.

    4. Combining those last two (total wins and major wins), Spieth’s accomplishments single him out, according to Golf Channel’s Justin Ray.

    With a win tomorrow, Jordan Spieth would become 1st player in golf history with 10 PGA Tour wins including 3 majors before age 24. — Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 22, 2017
    That being said, at Spieth’s current age, Tiger Woods had amassed 15 career PGA Tour wins. Jack Nicklaus had won eight times on Tour by that age.

    5. A win (and even a second-place finish) would vault Spieth ahead of Hideki Matsuyama (pending his finish Sunday, as well) in the world golf ranking. Entering the week, Spieth was just a few decimal points behind Matsuyama. It would also help put a dent in the sizable lead Dustin Johnson owns as world no. 1.

    6. A win would also mean that Spieth will have led or co-led after 14 major rounds since the start of 2015. No other player has more than seven in that span.

    7. With 199 strokes total after three rounds, a 65 from Spieth on Sunday would tie him with Henrik Stenson (2016) for the fewest total strokes over four rounds in a British Open.​

    Henrik Stenson’s total strokes record of 264 set last year is in danger.

    8. If Spieth shoots under par Sunday, win or lose he will be the first player to shoot in the 60s in every round of a British Open at Royal Birkdale. It would also be the first time in his career he would have shot in the 60s in every round of a major.

    9. If he is to win, Spieth will also tie Louis Oosthuizen (2010) for the lowest first round shot by a champion (65).

    10. With a win, Spieth will be the sixth player to go wire-to-wire for a victory at the British Open, and the first since Rory McIlroy in 2014.

    11. With a 67 Sunday, Spieth would tie Lee Trevino (1971) for the best score at a Royal Birkdale British Open in relation to par (-14)

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    • Kevin

      Thanks for all the information and stats. If Spieth wins, I am going to use these to share with the rest of the Grateful Golfers. That is quite a resume that Jordan Spieth is building. And only 24! Wow.

      Cheers
      Jim

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