Jordan Speith’s Gritty Win at The British Open
“Are you not entertained???” tweeted Steph Curry in reference to Jordan Speith’s gritty performance this past week at The Open. In a gladiator-like Sunday at Royal Birkdale, Speith and Matt Kuchar battled it out through 18 holes for the Claret Jug.
Speith’s 54-hole lead set him at -11 and a three shot lead over Kuchar as they stand on the 1st tee Sunday. The Young Gun seemed to feel the pressure and perhaps memories of his Master’s meltdown as he bogeys 4 of the first 9 holes.
Now tied with Kuch, the 23-year-old Texan’s struggle reached its apex at the 13th when he pushed his drive 100 yards offline into the fescue. He took an unplayable lie and walked his ball back onto the driving range where he hit a 3 iron back into play and grabbed his bogey-5 and his first loss of the lead.
This proved to be his turning point however as he proceeded to birdie 14, eagle 15, birdie 16 and 17 that lead him to a tap-in par on 18 and a three-shot victory over Matt Kuchar.
“This is absolutely a dream come true.” Speith said. “I was able to drink a bit of wine out of it (the Claret Jug) when Zach Johnson won it two years ago, and a lot people told me that was bad luck. Started to believe ’em a bit through nine holes today. But boy, it feels good to have this in my hands.”