A dramatic day at the Royal Birkdale golf course on Sunday saw the conclusion of The Open Championship with Jordan Spieth registering an enthralling victory over Matt Kuchar to win the third Major title of his career.
A miracle of sorts, Spieth started the day with an underwhelming three bogeys in the first four holes of the final round, before almost having a meltdown on the 13th.
As the day progressed, the turn of events made the American golfer recall the fate of the ’16 Masters, where he squandered a five-shot lead with nine holes remaining, ultimately losing the championship to Danny Willett.
But, he managed to recoup himself to maintain focus, coming up with a phenomenal display since the 13th to triumph over his rival in emphatic fashion.
Hitting two birdies and an eagle on the final three, Spieth exhibited his creative brilliance and immaculate skills to end the tie with a final round 69 – tied with Kuchar – three strokes clear overall.
BBC Sport quoted the 23-year-old saying: “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.”
Action on the turf did not end with the win for the former world number one at the golf course, as during the victory lap, one fan got too excited with the result of the tournament.
As Spieth paved his way past the media representatives after receiving the trophy, en route to the middle of the grass surface, an enthusiastic supporter ran towards him from among the crowd.
Yet, his quest to be in the same frame of his icon came to an abrupt end when he tumbled onto the fence and went to the ground, although not getting any major injuries from the fall.
So near, yet so far!
His next target remains securing the highest honours at the upcoming US PGA, and by claiming victory in the competition, he can become the youngest ever to complete a career Grand Slam.
Only time will tell if the world number two can maintain focus in his bid to win the title next month after becoming the second player after Nicklaus to win three of the four Majors before the age of 24.News Now - Sport News