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Jordan Spieth receives tweet from Tiger Woods after winning the Open

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Jordan Spieth won the 2017 Open Championship in the most dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old American appeared to have blown it on the final day at Royal Birkdale but somehow recovered on the final holes to record a truly extraordinary victory.

Spieth, who held off the challenge of Matt Kuchar, is now celebrating his third major after winning both the Masters and the US Open back in 2015.

"Thank you so much for coming out. As players we couldn't appreciate it more,” Spieth told the crowd, per BBC Sport, following his victory. “I want to thank the R&A for allowing us to tear up your course for a couple of days. What an incredible Open. The way it set up and the weather cooperated. We owe you special thanks.

"Thanks to my caddie Michael for keeping me there today after that bad start. This is as much his as mine. Thank you Mikey, you deserve all the credit in the world for this championship.

"This is absolutely a dream come true. I drank some wine from the Claret Jug when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and people said that was bad luck. I started to believe them too after nine holes today.

"Matt, I really enjoyed battling with you buddy. I got the good breaks today. What a great champion Matt is and a class act. I took about 20 minutes to play a shot today. Matt took it in his stride with a smile. He sets a great example for all of us.

"Thanks to the volunteers. I'm going to take this back to America which may upset a few of you all but I'll return it. Thank you very much, what an incredible honour."

Tiger Woods sends tweet to Spieth

High profile sporting stars paid tribute to Spieth on social media following his win.

But the social media post that will probably mean most to the three-time Major champion came from Tiger Woods.

Spieth now has more major wins to his name than Woods did at the same age - the latter had only won two when he was 23 years old - but that didn’t stop the golfing legend from paying tribute to golf’s new superstar.

“What an incredible way to comeback and win,” Woods tweeted. “Many congrats @JordanSpieth”.

A real classy touch from Tiger, there.

And here’s how Twitter reacted to his message…

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Tiger Woods
US Open Golf
PGA Championships
Golf
Rory McIlroy
The Open
PGA Tour
US Masters

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