2017 British Open: Spieth Emerges the Champ After Wild Final Round

Jordan Spieth holds the Claret Jug following his victory in the 2017 British Open.
Jordan Spieth shows off the Claret Jug after winning the 2017 British Open. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth took himself and fans on a wild ride in the final round, but in the end he claimed the Claret Jug by three shots over runner-up Matt Kuchar. A late, 4-hole stretch in which he was 5-under par was the key for Spieth.

Quick Bits

  • Winner: Jordan Spieth, 268 (full scores below)
  • Dates: July 20-23, 2017
  • Golf course: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Open Championship number: This was the 146th time the British Open was played.

    Spieth Grabbed 2017 British Open Lead Early

    Spieth's opening round of 65 tied him for the first-round lead with Kuchar and Brooks Koepka. And while Koepka fell back a bit and eventually finished tied for fifth, eight shots behind the winner, Spieth and Kuchar battled throughout the tournament.

    Spieth took the solo lead with a 69 in Round 2; Kuchar followed with a 71. In the third round, Spieth shot 65. Kuchar? He had a 66, and after Round 3 Spieth held a 3-stroke lead over Kuchar.

    Grace Set New Major Championship Scoring Record in Third Round

    Branden Grace, who finished among those tied with Koepka in fifth place, made a huge splash in the third round. He shot 8-under 62, becoming the first golfer in the history of men's major championships to post that score.

    The first 63 in a men's major was recorded at the 1973 U.S. Open. So it took 44 years for someone to break that record. And Grace was the man who did it.

    Spieth's Wild Ride and Championship Push in the Final Round

    Spieth, already a 2-time major championship winner (2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open) led Kuchar by three entering the final round, and those two were pretty much unchallenged in the final round. And Spieth wound up winning by that same 3-stroke margin.

    But it was anything but easy for him.

    Spieth bogeyed the opening hole. Then he bogeyed again on No. 3, and again on No. 4. A birdie followed on the fifth, but Spieth closed the front nine with another bogey. Kuchar, meanwhile, shot even-par over the first nine holes. The two golfers stood even at that point.

    On the 13th hole, Spieth's drive was way, way right - he missed the fairway by an estimated 100 yards, had to take a 1-stroke unplayable penalty, and played his third stroke on the par-4 hole from the Royal Birkdale practice area.

    Although Spieth dropped a shot on the hole, and fell one behind Kuchar, the fact that he "saved" an unlikely bogey - it could have been much worse - seemed to energize him.

    That's when Spieth started his tournament-winning run: He birdied No. 14, eagled No. 15, and added birdies on 16 and 17. Five-under over those four holes. Kuchar played that stretch well himself with a pair of birdies, but it wasn't enough to keep up with Spieth.

    With a par on the final hole, Spieth had his third win in a major championship.

    History Made for Spieth

    Spieth's first British Open win and third major championship didn't break any records. But, just a few days shy of his 24th birthday, Spieth did become just the eighth golfer in history to have wins in The Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open.

    The other seven? They are all giants of the game:

    • Gene Sarazen
    • Ben Hogan
    • Arnold Palmer
    • Jack Nicklaus
    • Gary Player
    • Tom Watson
    • Tiger Woods

    Spieth was the second-youngest, after Nicklaus, to do so. Five of those golfers - Sarazen, Hogan, Nicklaus, Player and Woods - went on to complete the career Grand Slam.

    Final Scores at the 2017 British Open

    Here are the final scores for the 2017 British Open played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club (par-70) in Southport, England (a-amateur):

    Jordan Spieth65-69-65-69--268
    Matt Kuchar65-71-66-69--271
    Haotong Li69-73-69-63--274
    Rory McIlroy71-68-69-67--275
    Rafael Cabrera Bello67-73-67-68--275
    Matthew Southgate72-72-67-65--276
    Marc Leishman69-76-66-65--276
    Alex Noren68-72-69-67--276
    Branden Grace70-74-62-70--276
    Brooks Koepka65-72-68-71--276
    Paul Casey66-77-67-67--277
    Chan Kim72-68-67-70--277
    Henrik Stenson69-73-65-70--277
    Zach Johnson75-66-71-66--278
    Chris Wood71-72-68-67--278
    Jason Dufner73-71-66-68--278
    Ian Poulter67-70-71-70--278
    Hideki Matsuyama68-72-66-72--278
    Austin Connelly67-72-66-73--278
    Xander Schauffele69-75-70-65--279
    Charley Hoffman67-73-72-67--279
    Adam Scott69-74-70-67--280
    Jamie Lovemark71-69-70-70--280
    Richard Bland67-72-70-71--280
    Rickie Fowler71-71-67-71--280
    Richie Ramsay68-70-70-72--280
    Aaron Baddeley69-76-72-64--281
    Daniel Berger68-76-70-67--281
    Lee Westwood71-74-69-67--281
    Bubba Watson68-72-71-70--281
    Thongchai Jaidee70-73-68-70--281
    David Drysdale72-73-66-70--281
    Tommy Fleetwood76-69-66-70--281
    Andrew Johnston69-74-67-71--281
    Tony Finau70-73-67-71--281
    Jason Day69-76-65-71--281
    Russell Henley70-70-75-67--282
    Webb Simpson71-74-70-67--282
    Laurie Canter70-72-72-68--282
    Soren Kjeldsen71-71-72-68--282
    Martin Kaymer72-72-70-68--282
    Steve Stricker70-72-69-71--282
    Sergio Garcia73-69-68-72--282
    Sung-hoon Kang68-73-76-66--283
    Yi Keun Chang71-71-71-70--283
    Jon Rahm69-74-70-70--283
    Andrew Dodt69-75-69-70--283
    Peter Uihlein72-72-69-70--283
    Thomas Pieters69-75-68-71--283
    Kevin Na68-75-68-72--283
    Joost Luiten68-72-70-73--283
    Matthew Fitzpatrick69-73-68-73--283
    Ross Fisher70-72-66-75--283
    Kevin Kisner70-71-74-69--284
    J.B. Holmes71-72-71-70--284
    Jimmy Walker72-72-70-70--284
    Toby Tree70-75-69-70--284
    Justin Rose71-74-69-70--284
    Scott Hend71-74-65-74--284
    Dustin Johnson71-72-64-77--284
    Ernie Els68-73-70-74--285
    Thorbjorn Olesen70-72-74-70--286
    Sean O'Hair72-73-71-70--286
    Charl Schwartzel66-78-71-71--286
    Michael Lorenzo-Vera75-70-70-71--286
    Young-han Song71-74-69-72--286
    Kyung-tae Kim73-71-69-73--286
    a-Alfie Plant71-73-69-73--286
    Shaun Norris71-74-65-76--286
    Joseph Dean72-72-70-73--287
    Andy Sullivan70-75-69-73--287
    Gary Woodland70-69-74-74--287
    Brandon Stone73-72-68-74--287
    Bernd Wiesberger69-75-71-73--288
    James Hahn68-76-70-74--288
    Danny Willett71-74-73-71--289
    Kent Bulle68-72-74-76--290