Jack Nicklaus praises Jordan Spieth's dramatic Open Championship success

146th Open Championship - Final Round

After Jordan Spieth’s breathtaking Open Championship victory at Royal Birkdale, two of America’s greatest golfers weighed in to toast the Texan’s success.

It’s fair to say Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods know a thing or two about the game, with 32 Major titles between them.

The pair heaped praise on Spieth’s steely performance, with the 23-year-old securing a three-shot victory with a round of 69 to finish 12 under-par, winning the Claret Jug for the first time.

Spieth became the youngest American to win golf’s oldest Major championship at the age of 23, beating Woods’ previous record by a year.

Furthermore, he is now only the second person to secure three different Majors before turning 24, something which only Nicklaus had done before Spieth’s stunning final round.

Nicklaus and Woods took to social media to congratulate the new Open champion, who will have the chance to become one of five people to have completed the career Grand Slam at the PGA Championship in North Carolina in August.

Spieth had initially surrendered a three-shot lead from the third round to fellow American Matt Kuchar, and was three over-par for the day when reaching the par-four 13th hole.

His tee shot went some distance wide of the fairway, and when he was unable to hit his second due to its position, he was forced to take a penalty drop from even further back.

146th Open Championship - Final Round

Miraculously, he escaped with only a bogey, which proved to be the turning point.

In the next four holes came three birdies and a sensational eagle on the par-five 15th, managing to putt from fully 40-feet to edge back in front of a stunned Kuchar.

He comfortably saw out the final hole with a par, while Kuchar dropped a shot, meaning the three-stroke lead from the start of the day was restored, and ensured Spieth went under-par in all four rounds.

You can read Nicklaus' tweets below.

Justin Thomas, who struck a record score of 63 at the US Open earlier this year, but missed the cut at Royal Birkdale, also tweeted to praise Spieth for his achievement.

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