Eilidh Barbour introduces highlights from the final round of the Open Championship from Royal Birkdale. Commentary by Peter Allis, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.
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The grass, the grace, the poise, the power. The prestige, the passion.
The history, the Heritage. The enthusiasts, the expectation. The
movement, the magic. The frantic flurry. The freedom of flair. Ed's
the final Sunday at the Open. Big weather, big crowds, major
history and some sensational golf. This Open Championship has already
delivered so much, but on Open Sunday it will deliver the biggest
prize of all. What twists will the tale produced in the hunt to become
champion golfer of the year? Before we had out on the course, here's
Andrew with a quick look back at what has already been a
record-breaking Championship. It all began rather strangely, a
blast from the past to open the show. A dark Thursday morning. Soon
the Stars and Stripes flew far more proudly. The Americans were coming.
There was also plenty for those craving home success. Paul Casey and
a familiar strut in Ian Poulter's stride. And there was McIlroy,. A
pale imitation on the first few holes till he was told to remember
simply who he was, and then he reminded us how good he can be.
They two, stirred into something evil by the weather. Some would cope
and others would not. Phil Mickelson came so close last year but now he
left early. McIlroy was in control, mastering the breeze, making up for
the last round. He finished before the rain came, which calmed the
winds. So to round three, and on moving day, all emotions seemed to
be in one direction, the course without offence. Newmark made out in
the game by Branden Grace. Birdies, the new holes, eagles, commonplace.
Three shots picked up in the first two holes, all perfectly normal. The
champion, Henrik Stenson, clinging onto his Claret Jug. Left a long way
behind. Spieth continued, relentless. Still young but already
familiar with Majors won and lost. But this is the oldest and the prize
he has not claimed yet. Will this be the year for Jordan
Spieth? He is setting the pace. Austin Connelly is having some debut
at the Open. He is six back. The British charge faltered a little
on day three. Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Richie Ramsay or losing
on the leaders. They start the day nine shots back. -- all losing.
What is going through his mind as he makes his preparations to go on to
the tee for his final-round? He has looked invincible. He's been
practising and I've noticed a lot of long parting, so he's in perfect
shape. Playing wonderful golf, seems to know the tactics wonderfully
well. -- long putting. Not lying in the rough too long. He's a
marvellous putter. Getting it absolutely on the final touch before
he walks to the first tee. He doesn't look like a man who feels
pressure all feels the moment, but will there be a few nerves going on?
Absolutely. No question at all. He's won two Majors and has the chance to
win a third. Only Jack Nicklaus had done the same by the age of 24, so
he'll be making history, but he's up against Matt Cooch are today, who
has been playing very steadily all week. -- Matt Kuchar. He always gets
the old cry every time he hits the nice shots, so it'll be an
interesting battle. But Spieth will be tough to beat. Let's hear from
the two at the top. I'm excited to be in the position
I'm in. Three shots off the lead, great chance. Many other players in
the field with a chance to win the job. I think we see what the
conditions are, we see the forecast, same thing we did in round two,
knowing 65 is a realistic and par will be a better score. If you step
up on the first tee, hit in the fairway, you can be aggressive. If
you missed the fairway, you have to figure out, what's my best
situation? I'm hoping to find a lot of fairways. I think I'm in a
position where I can be very advantageous, everything I've been
through. I understand Leeds can be squandered quickly but also
understand how you can keep on building. -- I understand how a lead
can be squandered. The Claret Jug might be a step too
far for Rory McIlroy this year but he's giving it a good go. He's out
with Ross Fisher, defending his 66 yesterday.
Henrik tees off at 2pm alongside world number one Dustin Johnson.
And they will be followed by the world number two looking for his
first major. He is alongside Branden Grace.
In the penultimate group, on the hunt for back-to-back Majors is
Brooks Koepa, playing with Austin Connelly, who is having a serious
debut in the Majors. The final group is Matt Kuchar,
who's becoming a favourite, and Jordan Spieth, looking to become the
youngest winner of the Open since Seve Ballesteros.
So none of the early starters threatening the top of the
leaderboard but lovely conditions at Royal Birkdale, and there are some
lower rounds being posted. The clubhouse leader with a 5-under, 65.
Let's get out on the course with your commentary team of Andrew
Cotter, Ken Brown and Peter Aliss. Thank you. Come on, fella. Let's see
some real sparkle. On another day he could be leading the field with that
score instead of people feeling sorry for you, but this afternoon,
let's see a bit of that Irish. Took 30, 40 yards off it, but that's
OK. Got a nice bump off the back of the bunker. Popped it in here for
birdie three. Plenty of birdies out there today.
Lee Westwood. Birdie at the final hole. Good second shot. Come on.
Grandstand finish! 1-over par. That's a good total when you think
the par is 70. 281. Lie... Birdie putt. He got it, he
got it. Haotong Li. Birdie two. And moving nicely.
Rory for his par. Just enough pace. Says his four after missing the
green. -- saves his four. He burst on the scene here in 1998
as the 17-year-old. No such dramatics here this year. Another
disappointing Open Championship for Justin Rose. The history man of
yesterday, Branden Grace, onto the first tee.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE This is horrible for Dustin Johnson,
has to come out sideways. Almost backwards! The worst possible start
for Dustin Johnson. McIlroy again having to fight hard for his part. I
think he fancied that one but it's all just a bit of a struggle. He was
doing good stuff to save par. That's all. He'll need more than that.
Johnson for a bogey. That was out of the greenside trap. This first hole
suddenly causing real problems for the players.
Rickie Fowler underway at the fifth. Players laying up today. Tee back,
skin tight right. A nasty little slope. What a shot from Fowler! Four
pars and a birdie at the fifth to move to minus two. Jordan Spieth
being taken back from the practice ground. Just getting ready for his
tee time at 2:30pm. A birdie attempt at the first from Grace. Found a
fair few birdies yesterday. Not one here on the first. Garcia at ten.
Yeah, lovely birdie. He moves to plus one. Out of bounds with the
tee. Missed the Green Chip to hit this for a double bogey. This to
drop from four to two. That is just typical of his day so far. Triple
bogey, back to minus one. Onto the first tee comes the final group.
Cheering for Spieth and the familiar boos for Matt Kuchar. Playing for
this greatest of prizes. Has been in consistent form this
year. Can he get anywhere near the prolific Jordan Spieth? It's a
decent start. On the tee from the USA, Jordan
Spieth! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
He's so far made it look rather easy but we know and he certainly knows
what can happen in the final round of a major.
Seems to be straight and true. Ooh! He can now snip over the corner. He
can see a glimpse of the ball there but that is horrible wrath. Might be
standing above it... Way above, and that could be very difficult. So not
a bad bunker shot for Connelly. This to save par at the first. Lovely
stroke. Oh! Couldn't come any closer! They are all having their
problem is first, Mark, aren't they? It's amazing. Just a bit more wind
and all of a sudden it looks different. Here's some snapshots
from the past of Austin Connelly. There he is on the right with Jordan
Spieth three years ago at the Ryder Cup. They shared a coach but now he
is hunting down Spieth. Should be a formality from three
feet, this. Ooh! Hit it too hard. This first hole wreaking havoc!
A little press forward, low on his hands. And another one. Yes! Birdies
on the fifth and sixth the Noren. -- for Noren. That ball is not sitting
nicely on virtual short grass. That's where it is, standing way up.
Horrible. Yes, he's got to chop it out and be sensible, which he hasn't
managed to do. So... The rough is not too bad there so he could get a
drop if he doesn't like the lie. Possible damage. I don't know. The
grass just wrapping their head over enough to pull it into the rough.
Interesting. Matt Kuchar started three behind Jordan Spieth but...
Might be closer to his playing partner here. Just left it out
there. Not great from Kuchar but far worse from Spieth. An attacking
second from Ian Poulter. Mr Green from the wrong side. -- missed the
green. Great putt. Back to minus two. China's top golfer, Haotong Li.
Belts it in. Look at that for a reply. 4-under. Only two players
ahead of him now. McIlroy at five. Safely down the middle of the tee at
five. A little shot with the wedge. Up you go... Ooh, not great. In fact
distinctly average. He's got a good lie, Jordan Spieth, and actually has
a bit of green to play with there. A wonderful putter but that is from
his par. Still no birdies son Roy. Five
straight pars. -- still no birdies for McIlroy. From the right of the
green out of the Swale, Kuchar putting up the slope, over, down and
across this first green, and it's beautifully judged. Two feet from
the cut. McIlroy again having to work for his par. Yes, they cry, but
he's just treading water so far. All par so far. Not the best start, Ken.
No, at he's got this to save his par, and if anyone is likely to hold
it this week, it's probably him. Shaky start. Bogey five and he
marches after it a bit rapidly. 10-under. A lead of just two now.
To make par for Kuchar. Nicely done. Two behind the leader.
One hole played and Spieth drops from stroke. They've got a
commanding lead over the pack as things stand at the moment.
To save par at the third, Henrik Stenson, and, no, it's gone for him.
That'll be par, par, bogey. Johnson has reached the green. Coming back
beautifully. 4-under. Today. -2 and now in ninth position.
Kuchar at the second on the semi-rough. Pin tight right at the
front. Awkward to get at this one but he's got to attack at some point
in this round. He likes it. You beauty! Over to you, Mr Spieth.
That's it. Fantastic. What a week! He'll never forget it! Winner of the
silver medal and best amateur in the field. 71, 73, 69, 73 plus six. The
silver medal worth its weight in gold. Mr Spieth has the perfect
position off the tee. 132 yards, wind off the right. Cutting across,
it's going to land very softly if he gets the line right. Ooh, anything
you can do... I can't do quite as well, but not bad.
Southgate at the 14th. Birdie chance. Down the slope, and, my
goodness, he was exhilarating. Massive roar from the gallery. Come
on! Zac Johnson. Second at the 18th.
Sticks pass the bunkers and a bit of light rough. Kuchar's tapped in for
his birdie. Spieth has this to match. And keep the lead at two.
Ooh... Signs of weakness from Spieth. The lead shrinks to one.
This is a high-tariff, as good as you can have for a massive risk. We
can see all the rough around this tee. I await its always better to
miss in the right place. Let's have a look at the conditions
of the course. The fairways are pretty firm. Let's chuck quondam
here. It's quite hard, the ground, so it does bounce. Undulating
fairways are reasonably wide but you have to get a good position. This is
standard rough but you are going to lose complete control of the ball.
Let's have a look at the other side. You ready, Martin? What we've seen
this week on a number of the holes on the one side where the rough is
deeper than on the other, if we have a look at the rough here... That's
much more pleasant. The ball is sitting reasonably well so the
players will ascertain that driving distance where the thicker side is
Andy the thinner side, and it makes a lot of difference. -- and the
thinner side. So they will He favours the right side and we can
see the top of the ball. Tricky from that position. Trouble is the Koepa
at the third. He's made it good work.
This for his par at the 18th. Very neat, tidy 66. Add a couple of those
on Friday in the strong winds. Just inside the top ten. The wind in the
last hour or so has picked up. Nobody is under-par. Making it look
a bit more difficult and that's the reason why.
Spieth in trouble again at the third. Not too bad. It's very easy
to just miss the green and take three from the edge. Easy, easy, he
said. Head down. It is at the back of the green and through. Come on,
you must have some idea! Could there be another swing here? Because this
is the perfect position to get there from. Can he get it in there? Can he
we've let into this flag? He can't! You either get it right or wrong and
there's not that much in between. In the cat box! His Noren. He's done
some sensational rounds this year. Won a couple of times. This birdie,
birdie, birdie -fest... When he gets going... Here's Li at the 17th.
4-under par. I tell you what, something silly happened now, he
could really stir things up. What a terrific effort!
Not a bad spot of the bunker here for Kuchar. Has to land it all the
way, on the green. Over to you... Spieth connecting to part from the
back of the third. He's all of 20, 20 two yards away. -- 22 yards away.
Good line. Tailing off. Fell away at the end more than I thought. Austin
Connelly. Birdie chance at the fourth.
Li for a birdie at the 17th. Yes, well done. 5-under. Who knows? With
three at the last, could bring much gold.
Kuchar found the right front bunker, splashed out here to save this par.
Really keen slope back. Par, birdie, bogey. 8-under, just as he started.
Night hole, Rickie Fowler. -- ninth hole. Cutting for a three. Looks
good. We've seen a lot of long putts this week. Chippings, bunker shots.
Out of 33. Jordan Spieth to save his par, at
the 3rd. He missed it, before he hit it. Well, the plot does beckon. And
that four and 5-under suddenly look well, you never know. Alex Noren at
the 9th for a birdie. This will be out in 31. Hello. How about that for
a tidy nine holes. Four under. They said the wind would get up and look
at that changed the leaderboard, Jordan Spieth leads by one but look
at the people behind him. One word two of them are going well, Jordan
Spieth looks decidedly shaky at this moment. Haotong Li, 5-under. That is
absolutely perfect. Almost on your follow-through.
13 macro shot from Kuchar, down the hill at the 4th. -- the tee shot.
In the sand. Jordan! Now Jordan Spieth, despite his very cool
demeanour, must be feeling a little bit shaky at this moment. This is
when the true artist... He does not like that. It ended up on the grain.
-- green. Haotong Li, golf is becoming more
popular there and he is the leading light. At the 18th. Oh my goodness!
It may have popped into the hole, that is a 63. Matt Kuchar in the
bunker, to the right of the fourth. Shut your eyes, you might get
splashed in sand. Sepp Blatter, splatter. The lightly played. --
splatter. First time in the Open Championship,
this for a 63. What a fabulous performance. An amazing 31. He is
6-under, currently third on his own and the way things are going, you
never know. This is no pushover to get down in two from here.
That is a dreadful putt. Spieth has to call on some resolve here.
Marc Leishman, plenty of birdies at the 15th. Big moment here for
Spieth, he has let it slip a little. He really needs this, desperately.
No, he is up and away. He has these moments, I have seen them before,
not very often, but we will have to wait and see. A couple of hours to
go yet, but very shaky, when the young golfing brain gets a little
bit addled. Kuchar,. It is all tied at the top, 8-under par. Out under
the covers at 6-under. Southgate at the 16th. Leading home player at
this moment. His good work continues. Not too much spin on
this, Rory. Second to the ninth. Trying to cut it into this front
right. He needs a bit of luck on the greens and it needs to happen
quickly. Another birdie chance for Southgate. Scampering through the
field. We are already seen a bit of a shift at the top of the
leaderboard. Jordan Spieth started with a three shot lead over Matt
Kuchar. They are both now tied on 8-under par but the clubhouse
leader, had timely in his Open debut becoming the first Asian to shoot 63
in the final round of the men's major and he joins Richie. The
youngest player from China to appear at the Open, your first Open, what
is your performance today mean to you? It is pretty much like a dream
come true. Since I started to play golf, I wanted to play a major and
try and win a major. Really happy to see now, getting closer and closer,
hopefully, in future, I will do something. 134 yards, just running
into the light rough which makes it more unpredictable. This is Spieth.
Nicely done. Birdie chance at last. Peter, what do you think of the show
so far? I think it is quite intriguing. It brings a sparkle to
the old man's eyes. I like to see them suffer a little bit, like us.
We had built waterproofs and grotty old shoes. It is not over yet.
Chris Wood. Started off like on fire. -- like a house on fire. Good
bounce up. Here she comes. How about this then? A putt for an eagle
three. McIlroy for a birdie. Desperately needed. Well done!
Waited a long time for that one. After all those under par scores
yesterday and today, only three players at the last 20 had beaten
the par going out. Quite extraordinary. The leaders all
stumbling. -- the leaders are all stumbling. Kuchar down at the other
side. Spieth has a good chance here. The eighth. 3-under.
Spieth after all his problems, trying to get one back. There we
are. Normal service resumes, Spieth leads by one. One of the early
jitters. After that beautiful approach to the eighth. Rafa
Cabrera-bello, calmly into the cut. Four under.
Kuchar. Safely makes his four. And by virtue of the birdie of Spieth,
once again, trailing. Now, Chris Wood for his eagle.
An amateur here back in 2008, Hometown hero. Fleetwood.
And they have stuck with him all week. Score really irrelevant, still
fighting his way until the end. So the long par four and Spieth with
the 3-wood. Left again, Spieth, there is a bit
of room out there. He was using all of it. Again, trampled down there,
should not be too bad, the sixth not as bad as it has been, a bit of a
helping wind, but there are some signs. Kuchar going with the driver
again this time. Trying to aim it at the last bunker down the left, peel
it back against the breeze. Spieth heading off down the sex.
Well, what a start to the final round it has been for Jordan Spieth.
-- heading of down there sixth. Could only hack it down the
left-hand side, lots of players struggling and Spieth is no
different. The third, despite all the talking to his ball... He did
not know where it was. But it was through the back and another bogey
would arrive there. And on the fourth, the par three, then putter
letting him down. Moving very quickly, three dropped shots, hope
for the rest of the field. It wasn't iron off the tee and a deadly
accurate second. He would knock in the putts to give him some relief
and Jordan Spieth leading again. But, these are nervous times for the
leader in the final round of the Open Championship. He has got away
with it, he can get a wood on it, he is a long way back, Spieth. Chaser.
Bunker, bunker. No. I'm fortunate to this that bunker with that flag. --
unfortunate to miss that bunker. Kuchar, off the tee. Hits a high
ball, but that one was sky-high. That bunker shot he has got is a 40
yard bunker shot, so difficult. Matthew Southgate is putting
together a very fine round, penultimate hole. Go, go, go! Three
birdies so far in the back nine, and that to get to four under. Well, it
is Jordan Spieth's birthday next week, getting at little present
there are, not finding the bunker. All the way up the green, he did
that beautifully. Took his lucky break. Took advantage. Should save
par here on the sixth. Southgate for birdie on the 17th. Yes! In it goes.
He is leading the home challenge and he is up to a tie for fourth place,
Matthew Southgate. He has had all sorts of drama off the course of
late. This is wonderful from Matthew Southgate. Spieth is close, what can
Kuchar do? You can hear the sound. Once again,
at a disadvantage. The return putt. After missing the green at the par
34 Brooks Koepka. Good enough. That is what is left for Kuchar to
save par. He is not going to get there.
Another shot gone, bogeyed the third, now a dropped shot on the
sixth. Spieth is falling back and his playing partner is as well,
Kuchar back to seven. Marc Leishman lost out in the play
of a couple of years ago at St Andrews. Eagle putt.
Matthew Southgate, second to last hole. Came up a little bit further.
That is a grand story for a Southgate, heading for a top five
finish. Marc Leishman makes his four. 31.
Has picked up two more on this side. Now, a man against himself now.
Spieth at seven. Oh come on, stop moving it like
that! This time, finds the green. Kuchar to this seventh hole, greens
surrounded by the bunkers. 106 seven yards. -- 167 yards. And Kuchar
attacks. Brooks Koepka, huge drive on the eighth. And a delicate touch,
birdie chance. He has given that a right old race.
Great round that Matthew Southgate is putting together but he is
testing himself at last. It is all about the little things, Andrew. Two
putts, nothing special. Spieth is testing himself, a la little bit
loose off the tee. And one of those... Southgate. This is his
final putt of the day. A very special round. It is! And he roars
in celebration. 65 for Matthew Southgate. Leading home player. And
that is how much it means. 65 to close, 12 at Troon last year, he had
cancer a couple of years ago and did not know if he would play again. And
suddenly here he is, tied for fourth place in the Open Championship.
Kuchar at seven. Tee shot deserved more than that,
just a three. Brooks Koepka reduced this ape hole
to a monstrous drive and a slick. Brooks Koepka moves up to four under
par, big grip on that number. -- big group on that number. Spieth, just
his third par of the day. McIlroy, beautiful second into the
11th. Yes, indeed. He moves to four under, two birdies in three holes,
all hope is not let that go all not lost for McIlroy. None of the last
four golfers on the course yet going under par through the opening holes.
Jordan Spieth still has a two lead over Matt Kuchar but Matthew Cowell
-- Michael Matthew Southgate in the clubhouse and he is on course for
his best finish. What a weekend it has been for you? I guess as good as
you could have hoped? Will be finished on Friday, we were 87. I
knew we were going to make the cut, I knew how difficult it was so many
people had not teed off but to turn it around with the big weekend like
that and look like top ten, it is amazing for me. Some great emotion
on 18 from you. Last year I missed out on qualifying, and I missed the
Masters by two and I believe there are sports if you're in the top 84
the Masters. That putt was all I was thinking was Magnolia Lane. That was
very special. You can see that in my reaction. Here comes Tommy, sailing
home up the 18th. A first round of 76. A man who used to sneak onto
here as a youngster and play a few holes here. And, Austin Connolly,
just getting ready for his next shot. Quick snack. Focused.
Fleetwood to finish on the 18th. Come on, close with a three. One of
the rising stars of European golf, of British golf, so close, he would
have loved to have delighted his home crowd with a better challenge.
They still love him. Kuchar. Very interesting style, for those of you
that study such things, lots of movement, the way he takes the club
back, the line of the swing, John Jacob said there are so many ways to
play this game well and the old boy is quite right. Super shot. Little
further up, Peter,. He is only 24 next week. He has done remarkably
well. One or two little cracks. He is only 24. The likes of Tiger Woods
only come along every 80 years or so. The gentle facade cracks a
little bit. Marc Leishman, currently four under. It is a good finish
again. 65 and starting to perform on the big stage on a regular basis.
Now, can the Spaniard avoid the hazard? He has done well. On
Thursday, it would have banded up before the rain, maybe even made it
onto the surface. A lengthy one for McIlroy. Anything other than flat
here. Beautiful putt. Kuchar has not had a birdie since
the second. Rafa Cabrera-bello at the 11th. This
is not easy to get close. Played it well. They can see eight or ten feet
past. -- you can save. Spieth has been taking a long time over those
little putts. And Grace at the town. Looks good,
doesn't it? How about that? They know at thing or two, these whizz
kids, you know! So a two shot lead for Jordan Spieth as him and Matt
Kuchar head towards the turn. Rory McIlroy heading up the leaderboard,
he is four under par through his first 12 holes. Paul Casey, after
the second shot into 17, uphill. Good race to the clubhouse, three
birdies in a row. It is an eagle -- evil flag. Very nasty. Almost
impossible to get it close really. Who said that? What a ridiculous
thing to say! He probably does not know how near that is. Flag perched
on the right and the breeze also coming in that direction. He will be
forced to go a little left off the flag here at nine.
I don't know if that is going to jump or not. It does not jump. Not a
problem if I hit it nice and solid? Yes.
Not a bad lie. We'll try to hit is nice and solid. -- he will try to
hit this. Looks good. Very good. Gave the trophy away earlier in the
week. Still trying to find his game. A mammoth putt across the green.
That is a birdie four Cabrera-Bello. Wonderful tee shot at the short
12th. The leaders might not be in bed
numbers but there are plenty of players just behind them putting in
good scores. Marc Leishman, five birdies on his way to a 65, he is
looking for a third top five finish in his last four Opens. Let's talk
to him. Currently you are inside the top five, the. Five finish if it
stays that way, definitely the fourth top ten finish in a major and
three of those have been at the Open, why so good? I grew up on this
kind of course, firm and windy. I just enjoy playing it. Like I said
the other day, it is a style of golf that I really enjoy playing. I
really look forward to coming here every year. It is nice when you can
back it up with good play. A few things happening off the course with
regards to you so nice to be able to enjoy some good things on and off
the course? Yeah, for sure, we have got a baby girl at home, two weeks
old. Life is good. Everyone is healthy. Like you said, I'm playing
well on the course as well. Very happy in all aspects of my life.
Let's hope it keeps going and very well played once again. No worries,
thanks a lot. Steadied the ship, Peter. Maybe it is time to pop one
in. May be thereon rocky season ahead.
-- there are rocky seas. Big putt here, for McIlroy, poor tee shot,
did well to get to the front of the green, five or six feet and he has
got it. He has slipped a view of those this week, still five behind
and needs a miracle finish but we have had miracle finishes on this
course before today. Kuchar for a... Could have been a three from where
he was off the tee. Yes! He has looked very shaky on those
for a long time. Phil Mickelson, the same, beautiful putter, if he's
going to miss any little putts of that length, that is the side of a
twitch, call it whatever you will come you amateur psychoanalyst can
tell us what it is but it is a twitch. Level, now. McIlroy goes to
the 14th tee and meanwhile, Ken has been finding out how the players get
the exact yardage. As a player, I've just finished the
13th and my caddy is wandering onto the 14th tee, the par-3. Let me
explain how a player and caddy get their yardage. Here is an enlarged
picture of the yardage book, the 14th green, and here is the tee and
from the back of the tee today, it is 184. The caddy will measure
because this tee is a little bit up, one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12, and it is measured from there and so
from the back teeth it is 12 yards up, 184-12, back to where we are,
get a good picture of the shot, that is 172, that is how far it is from
the back of the tree to the front of the green, then you look at your pin
sheet, the pain is on 29, seven from the left, so 172, plus 29, is this
hole playing 201 yards, slightly downhill. So then you have a look at
the green plan and mark it on, that is where the flag yesterday, 29 on,
seven from the left. Your perfect shot is to hit into this area, here.
201 yards downhill, not much breeze at the moment, probably a crisp
6-iron. That is our players and caddy 's work out the yardage on
this hole, 201. Well done, Ken, McIlroy with a 7-iron, needs a
full-blooded one. He needs an extra good one to get right up to the
flag, I fancy. It is right on line, beautiful looking shot. Needs a hop
and it has stopped. Maybe a little three quarters six would have done
the job but a lovely shot. Stenson. Yes, there we are. Stenson birdied
the 11th and the 12th after a horrible front nine, he is coming
back. Not sure about his shirt! Now McIlroy. Birdie putt.
Oh! He is never far away. Just four behind. But again, time and holes
disappearing fast. Two par-5s, though, you can reach them both,
he's got the power to do it. -- he can reach. Interesting choice of
club, must be slightly on the downside, going with the putter,
through the valley end up the other side. He's given that a wrap. Not
bad at all. That is a tricky one, down the slope, a little bit of
movement on it. McIlroy, ready to crush one into the breeze at the
15th. Where is this going, left? Oh, my goodness, that is mild left. --
miles left. That is what faces Spieth here at the 10th.
It was not going to turn that much according to the lines and it
didn't. A front nine of 37 to par of 34, not
the haemorrhage of the Masters a couple of years ago on the 12th but
a steady drip of shots away. That was as while a Pichot as we have
seen this week, McIlroy, down among the spectators. But he is down there
with the crowd... I don't think they have found it yet. Now, Kuchar on
the tenth. In it goes and this group, I think they have been put on
the clock, we are hearing, so they are the last group out but they have
got to give up. Future, not exactly rushing to the next tee. All tied at
the top of the leaderboard, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, 8-under par,
as they head down the 11th. It could be an interesting white for Lee
Howard Tsonga China in the clubhouse at 6-under par. -- an interesting
wait for Hao-tong Li. Could he become the first Asian winner of the
Open Championship? McIlroy, this is his fourth, he lost
his driveway left so his Open Championship, on this fairly dental,
the easiest hole this week, this par-5, is Open is heading into the
sand and down and out. -- is Open. Kuchar's second to the 11th.
OK. First thing this morning, there was hardly a breath of wind,
gorgeous and now it is a squally looking sort of day. A lot of debate
with his caddy as to what club to hit and how is going to plate,
aiming way right, as if he will hit a low, drilling draw shot, using the
breeze. Is overcooked it, cries of fore again. It was OK, he was
worried if it was short of the gorse and it is, the group in front are
now on the 13th tee so they have to get a gallop on. Now to McIlroy on
the 15th, his fifth shot, woebegone. Well, he may just drop one but that
will be enough to be his undoing. He was seeking an eagle. Well, he has
found they lie, ten, but he is well above the green. He's fiddling
around, looking a bit agitated, everything is a bit quick. He has to
be lucky, got to play a good shot. Pretty good but a nice contact, it
has run out a bit further than it looks, perhaps.
McIlroy, to drop just one. The first bogey of the day. But it may be
enough on this par-5, to rule him out of the running, wild, wild off
the tee, a birdie with his second goal. Kuch, slow putt, big turn from
right to left, climbing the hill. Gorgeous touch. CROWD: Kuuuch! a lot
Gorgeous touch. CROWD: Kuuuch! alot lot of work left for his playing
partner. You can see, four feet or for his part. -- for his par.
Missed a short one on the ninth, of a similar distance, can he get this
one in? He can. Middle of the cup. A good break with his second shot and
an excellent up and down, good scramble. So off they head to the
12th hole, this isolated par-3 and Ken was out there earlier, having a
look at various pin positions. One of the crucial bits of equipment
for a professional golfer is the pin position sheet. It is a plan that
allows you to see where the flags are cut on the green so let's look
at today's, at this second, eight on from the front and four from the
right. I've marked all the ones that are four yards or less from the edge
of the green and there are nine of them so some pretty tight pins
today. The tightest one is on the 12th, seven on, free from the left.
Let's have a quick look at it. There's a bit of a bluff at the
front and the flag is very tight to the front left, one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven. And three, one, two, three. Standing on the
tee, you think it has almost missed the green, anything coming up a bit
shy, the ball pitches here and it will trickle off but when I say
trickle, off she has gone so you can't come up short. If you trickle
off to the left, let's drop it off the edge, you think it. But it
won't, and look at how the bunker gathers it up. Will it come back
into the sound? No, but look what you are faced with. Christopher
Columbus, look at that. You may even putt it round the edge because if
you try to float it up, it is almost impossible and come and have a look
at this, this sneaky little camera, sitting in the bank. Somebody goes
there, you will get a close-up of his agony. Don't come up short or
left on this hole, you have to go a little to the right otherwise you
are in all sorts of trouble. There is the tiles, avoid the bunker on
the left of the flag. Kuchar readies his grip. A bit of rain coming down
now. It just sits on its own, this 12, away from the rest of the
course, a beautiful par-3. Wind on the right and he is setting up to
draw it to the flag, has to get it just right. Bite, bite, softly! I
would say that was a percentage shot. Spieth, last iron shot into
the 11th was a nervy pull to the left. Don't go left on this pin.
Soft, soft! Right over the flag. That is a brave shot.
Rather fittingly, all in black now, McIlroy. He still has his followers.
Chasing it. Matt Kuchar is 39 years old, six foot four, world ranked
number 18, was fourth in the Masters, 16th in the US Open. He is
no mug. This is for his two. So he has a tester, now. Up and
down, to get to 5-under. Going the high route, the pin is in a little
valley that gathers up the ball. That really needed to come in a
fraction from the right of the pin to get close. Spieth down the slope.
He's also left it short. Maybe there's a comb of moisture on the
greens. Spitting rain. Kuchar tapping in for par at the
12th. Spieth to save par. All tight at the
top, both players at 8-under par, there is the leaderboard. How do you
think the land lies, Mark? I don't think Hao-tong Li will head how many
minute but we need another one to mount the charge to make it more
interesting but Spieth and Kuchar tied at eight, four ahead of the
pack, Hao-tong Li in at 6-under. The players know if they get a good one,
they can take the right handbag is out of play, and the rough on the
right-hand side is not very deep. Spieth has put it up there a couple
of times. Oh, my. Trying to give it a thump and it has gone to reload.
Where has that gone, Mark? That's unbelievable, isn't it? That is 60
yards right of the target. Into the elephant grass. You could lose your
caddy in there! He's hoping someone is going to waive their arm but he
is going to have a provisional. Someone has found it but whether it
is the right ball not, we have yet to ascertain. To get this close, you
have to take a risk and he's going to take a risk. Four yards of green
to land it on. Just magic. As they say in the trade come you can't
teach that. How far off line is it Chris DiMarco atrocious, wasn't it?
It is definitely 60 yards from the middle of the fairway. How far off
line was it? A big sand dune in front of him. That is one of the
widest tee shots I've ever seen, it must be 60 yards off the right edge
of the fairway. Out of the bunker to hear and it
would be a great save and it is, McIlroy stays 3-under.
They are still on top of that sand dune. It has just come to a halt.
Playing as pincers printed until Tuesday! There's a lot of point in
going on. -- play has been suspended. Maybe he's got to take a
drop and they are seeing how far he has to go back to find the other
fairway. That's possible, Ken. There is nowhere to drop it except further
back down the slope. The trucks are in the way on the driving range, or
practice ground, as the R like it to be called. Is the practice ground
out of bounds? I don't know. It's got to be, surely, there is a fence
around it. It must be. I think you are right, I think it is not
playable. Well, this is just horrendous or Jordan Spieth. -- for
Jordan Spieth. Richie Ramsay, it is glassy down
there, is he going to get the mightiest of drawers. Oh, he has!
Richie Ramsay. Sounds echo, he scuffed it as hard as he could,
little eagle three, wonderful. Golf can be so magical one moment, and
the next minute, it keeps you right where it hurts. -- it kicks you.
Kuchar is caught a bit of a flyer, wind behind, but that was lucky,
just on the upslope, could not have worked at any better for him, and he
has that for these three. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is still rummaging in
the sand dunes. He's going back to that you, is he? No, I think he is
going to drop it in the trucks. -- he is going back to the tee? I guess
it is not out of bounds. He will drop it behind the trucks and then
get a free drop to the side for line of sight. Huge drive from McIlroy.
Trying to cut it in out of the light rough, never easy to make the ball
turn, it is high but it is deliciously handsome. Oh, what a
shot, Rory! He will have that for eagle.
Can we move this truck? The end of the drug which is right out here but
I need to drop it. I can't take relief from the end of the trucks.
This is my hair's point. I am not sure who knows the rules best.
Wellcome he is making sure he drops it the right distance back so that
is nearest point of relief is the practice ground rather than the
thick rough towards the fairway. What a week for Alex Noren, he's
played some wonderful golf, he won the BMW PGA Championship at
Wentworth and now a good Open Championship, 67, in the clubhouse
at 4-under par. Jordan Spieth, episode 24! The rules of visuals are
undecided, I'm sure they're not undecided, but... We have to go
further back, right? This is going to take an awful lot blogger because
he's going to have to walk back up to the sand dunes to try to get a
line. He's going to have a go at the green. He's gone up there to have
another look but if you look at where the line of sight is from...
They are not quite the right angle, are they? Almost impossible to tell,
isn't it, Ken, when you are hidden behind a row of sand dunes, 25, 30
feet tall. Just getting a yardage. You can send your caddy forward to
pace it out. McIlroy, after that miraculous approach, eagle chance at
the 17th, up the slope. He's only gone and done it! He's only gone and
done it. It might be what might have been but if he can birdie the last,
6-under, he will be tied leading in the clubhouse and what a raw. He's
got that sort of look on his face. -- what a chair. OK, that is me in
line with you as well, right? I'm on the left! Yeah. Get a reference
point and try to give me a round number. Just trying to get their
alignment for the next shot. I hope he's got the club in his hand
otherwise is caddy will have to go all the way back, Michael Greller.
Guys, would you mind moving back for your own safety? McIlroy's final tee
shot. Can he avoid all the bunkers, cutting it over that one on the
right-hand corner and passed the further up? It is almost good but
just five yards to far right in that cloudy stuff. -- claggy stuff.
Remarkably, Spieth is about to hit a ball.
Well, it's not awful, but it is a tricky pitch, but he's back on the
course. Lee is there for three at the par-4. Welcome to the world
orienteering Championships. Duke of Edinburgh's awards! Brooks Koepka
completing his birdie at 15, hopefully. Safely in. Well, in any
way. He moves back to that big group of six players on 4-under. This is
what Spieth has left, his fourth shot on the par-4. Come on down. For
him to escape if he makes that with one shot dropped would be an
enormous result for Spieth. McIlroy, trying to get this, well,
interesting headgear, it was a really good effort, he got the
distance perfectly, just caught in the front left trapped and caught in
the face by a large divot. Well, it took Matt Kuchar six attempts at the
Open before he made the cut. But he is likely to take the lead, here.
Put the pressure right on Jordan Spieth.
It is good. No, it stayed left! He thought it was going to move. It
looked so good, didn't it? Herb at a par -- but a par from
Kuchar, amid all the tales he did well to stick to his own thing and
he will shortly lead. Spieth, after everything, drops just
one, extraordinary hole from Jordan Spieth, the madness at the 13th is
forgotten and he moves on. He is behind but only one behind. What a
hole, what a hole for Jordan Spieth, out of jail. McIlroy at 18, third
shot, second from out of the right-hand rough into this bunker.
It's OK, nothing special. Cabrera-Bello on 17, this is for
birdie. Can he join McIlroy at 5-under? He can. Two players at
5-under, now. McIlroy's final putt? Yes, it is, a
par the McIlroy at the last hole, a 67, around which threatens to ignite
his Open challenge but he is going to come up short. He has taken his
faithful followers on a ride of highs and lows. Incredibly in the
madness of the 13th, Jordan Spieth dropped just one shot but it means
Matt Kuchar is now out in front on his own at 8-under par. It has been
an up-and-down week for Rory McIlroy at a closing 67 has him in the
clubhouse on 5-under but the round of the day belongs to China's
Hao-tong Li, just the fourth time a 63 has ever been shot on the final
day of the Open. So let's take you through the round
of Hao-tong Li, a quiet start on the front nine, birdies on the eighth
and ninth and eventually but when he got in trouble on the tenth, he was
able to save par, playing in his first Open Championship, the sun was
still shining and the wind was not blowing too hard and Hao-tong Li
could take advantage. On the 12th, the par-3, after saving par on the
tenth, a birdie two. His third birdie of the day. He was moving in
the right direction but what a finish. First, on the 15th, a birdie
four. At the next, one of the more difficult on the course, and
Hao-tong Li rolled it straight in the middle, birdie number five. At
the 17th, the par-5, it has brought plenty of birdies and he was just on
the front edge in two and overall the undulations, so close to the
eagle, near dead to the hole but that would drop for another birdie.
This was an outstanding finish, the final hole, and his second to the
last. That would match Branden Grace's 62
of yesterday but Randall 69, 73, 69 and this closing 63, Stenson shot 63
last year to win so don't rule out Hao-tong Li winning with that 63.
Astonishing round of golf. And hanging around, playing around
with his coach in the background there, there may yell -- may will
yet be a play-off for Haotong Li. The leader, the leader of the Open
Championship with five holes to go, Matt Butcher. -- Matt Kuchar. That
is safe. That is quite heavy swearing for Matt Kuchar. I
apologise for the language from Matt Kuchar. Sarah, can he really group.
-- Jordan Spieth. Too many bad shots today.
He certainly cannot! Absolutely beautiful. This is a crazy round of
golf from Jordan Spieth, it is just extraordinary. To save par, Koepka.
You fancy that that is that for Brooks Koepka, the US Open champion,
3-under par. There they are, Kuchar and Spieth. This is
different, it is no less enthralling for all of that. Kuchar, long putt
for a two. You're absolutely right. That is exactly it. Can he is bring
a surprise? A good putt from distance for Matt Kuchar.
Then it goes and that is good enough at the moment, but Spieth with a
very short birdie putt to come. Down in the amphitheatre, the 14th,
Spieth,... Do think he will hole it? He is good from this distance. He is
good from every distance. And there it is. A two on the 14th to follow
that remarkable 13 and the adrenaline is coursing through his
veins, he has covered those two holes, that is all he has to think
about, four holes remaining. Well, Rafa Cabrera-bello's second shot
seems incredible, but we will go with that. He has got a good strike
on that. Sailing towards the green, what a good shot.
The defending champion, the defence nearly over. A birdie on the 17th.
Henrik Stenson moves into the top ten, 3-under for his back nine.
Second shot to 15 for Matt Kuchar. Wind off the right, slightly into 11
mph on the graphic, cut it up into the wind, has he got the power to
get there? He has, but he has dragged it into the bunker on the
left of the green. When it gets to the stage of the last round of the
Open you are playing on instinct, there it is Jordan Spieth, will his
instinct they as good as that tee shot on the last? Another one that
looks a little bit loose. Scratch the edge of the bunker, finds the
green, good position now, he has eagled this hole and he has two
putts for another birdie and Spieth is back on track. Birdie putt for
Carbrea-Bello, this is to move... It does not happen. Of 68 for
Carbrera-Bello, tied for fourth place with Rory McIlroy and a great
week of golf. 275. Wonderful play. Superb golf course. It is a long way
back to the pen-macro for Kuchar and it is lying well on the sand.
-- pin. Good contact, and knife should forward as well, that helped
and that is for his birdie, over to you, Jordan. Just sign it Open
champion, perhaps. The pin is on 25 so this putt must be a good 60 plus
feet for Jordan Spieth for a goal. This looks good. He has holed it.
Eagle three. Look at that! What a comeback! If it is to be an Open
Championship winning round, it is one of the most remarkable to do so.
Extraordinary, at the 13th he was down and out, birdie on the 14th,
eagle on the 15th... And now Kuchar, how can he respond? Via resistible
force of Jordan Spieth. Look at this one,. Measure perfectly. Started
with three bogeys today. The 13th he was down and out over on the
practice ground and look at him now. Kuchar, in it goes. Some intense
contact. Suddenly it is a great showdown, Spieth and Kuchar, heading
to the 16, three holes to go, one between them and it is surely now
down to these two. What defends it has been from Henrik Stenson. It is
not going to be quite enough to hold on the Claret Jug but the man who
thrilled everyone except for Phil Mickelson at Troon last year has put
up a very stout defence of his Claret Jug. Koepka, from below the
green at the 17th. This is a wiggly one, up and over, long, round, up
and down, that is very well judge. Birdie for Koepka and he is four
under. The 16th fairway and Kuchar is one behind. Pinned type II that
right-hand side. Stay there, gone back down, not too far, but that is
an awkward one. Now, from the rough, the leader.
He has got that John Tina is back again. He was looking almost a
callow youth a couple of hours ago, now he is back into his stride, for
the moment. One year ago, it was the winning putt in the final green for
Henrik Stenson. And it has been a good defence. Three bogeys in the
front nine, three bogeys on the back, finished just outside the top
ten and the Claret Jug will go to someone else. With the trust of
putter, this has done well for him this week. Uphill. All the way, it
flattens out of bit. Good pace. There is Wayne Rooney, look at him
on the left. He has warned Everton pyjamas ever since he left. Spieth
for a three. Running well. Well, what an amazing run! Birdie, eagle,
birdie. The magic returns to the fingers of the young man. I have
never seen it quite like that before. In moments of despair,
suddenly he has risen like Lazarus. He was on the ropes three holes ago,
but he has laptop, killer blows now for Kuchar. You have got to get this
in! Well done. Well done, I don't know
what you can say about that, two holes to go, much can happen. You
talk about body blows, my goodness me! What a run of holes it has been
for Jordan Spieth, he now has a two shot lead over Matt Kuchar, had
suddenly with 12 shots back, his 63 means he will finish third at worst
and Rory McIlroy, and up-and-down Championship but EN said on 5-under
par but for Jordan Spieth, what a last four holes it has been. Perhaps
the most extraordinary hour of golf from any player in contention in the
final round of a major, this was the 13th, simply a mad hole. I tee shot,
miles to the right. Head in hands. Already asking for another ball. So
far right, it was not found for a long time. He was asking, is it out
of bounds over there, down towards the practice ground. Found the ball
eventually and then found an age climbing up and down the mountain,
to get a line and a ruling and eventually went all the way back
onto the practice ground, dropped the team that trucks and then with a
long iron escaped. Close to the green and went up and down to drop
just one shot. Kuchar then lead at that point. Was he shaken by that,
Jordan Spieth? Look at the tee shot on the 14th. The powdered three.
Very nearly a hole-in-one. Recovered in two blows by Jordan Spieth. One
of those shots back and then the 15th. Eagle putt. Go and get that,
he said to his caddy. The eagle lifted him clear again. Go and get
that ball. That magical ball. Onto the 16, powdered four. This time
Kuchar must have been really pin high. And another birdie. An escaped
bogey on the 13th, eagle on the 15, birdie on the 16th and the Claret
Jug is very nearly his, but it is not over yet. Kuchar into the very
thick rough on the left-hand side with his tee shot, got it up to
here. Needs to attack. Two behind at the moment, that is for a birdie.
Spieth's third shot, rough on the right, has to get it up the ridge,
one bounce and up she goes. What a play! He has come alive after all
that larking about at the 13th. It caused a lot of controversy, of that
I am certain. Well, well. I think now it is time to leave. I think he
knows, but he will still be around for the presentation ceremony.
Coming down to crunch time for Kuchar, can he hole this down the
slope? Dives at the end. And it has dived into the hole! It has dived
into the hole and he gets within one. Well done, Kuchar! Brilliant
stuff. Downhill, Peter, Little bit from left to right. Feet are
important as well. If he putts it straight, it will go right and miss.
Firm and true, confident. A massive difference. Rory McIlroy scored 67
and he is with Richie. Did you sense at all that you are going to get
close? I did. It is tough out there, I a lot tougher today than
yesterday. The back nine is playing tough and I knew if I could just
beat the scorer of Haotong Li and if I could get to seven, I thought I
would have a chance. I have lost the ball on 15th and that stop me in my
tracks. Yes, good day, played well. A step in the right direction
compare to the last few weeks. I am getting there. Spieth at the 18,
leader by two. He has found very few fairways today. He is all right, but
he missed another fairway. Kuchar must feel hard done by, because he
has played better than Spieth. When Spieth went off the fairway, he has
been very lucky. Now, Kuchar. Two behind.
Go! Go! It may be clumpy. Great crowds here this week. This has
probably been as large an Open Championship as I have been to.
Everyone is enormous now, the crowds have turned out and the whole thing
has been very spectacular. Look at that. It has got to be taken down as
well. 220 yards. Not a bad light, long
iron. Needs to be straight on the big window in the middle. Through
the gap, between the bunkers. Can he do it? That is the green, right?
Dead on, Buddy! Very good shot indeed. Kuchar, two strokes behind.
He has to make a birdie, to have any sort of a chance, he has a good
angle. Spieth on the front of the green. He had to jump a little. It
plummeted in. Could be unlucky, it could be plugged. Great ovation. For
the young star from America and also for Kuchar, a great Championship. In
many ways, it has been different. Matt Kuchar who has played his part
in this and Rickie Fowler looks on. Oh, look at this. It has not been
his day. He once some of those telescopic legs. If he gets this
out, it will be a small miracle and he really needs to hole it, so he
will take a chance. Well done! Oh, to take it down, Bindi legs, flick
it out. A huge amount of luck involved. That is about as good as
he could do, really. Spieth with the vast luxury of having a few putts to
be champion. I think he has wrote it up very close.
He has got a masters and a US Open and now he has the Open
Championship. Kuchar, can he save his par for an
mighty roar? Terrific effort. Getting round in 68.
The final shot of the Championship. And in she goes. Spieth, young
Master Spieth is the champion at Royal Birkdale. Some great stuff.
Interesting, controversial, magical, what a week.
Joined the great Jack Nicklaus with three grand slams before the age of
24. Well done, fantastic stuff. Great
stuff. Lots of hugs along the way and why
not? He has played some great stuff. The recoveries have been amazing.
There is confirmation. Jordan Spieth is the champion golfer of the year,
12-under par, he takes it by three from fellow countrymen Matt Kuchar
about what an Open debut for Haotong Li, final day 63 in just behind him,
Rory McIlroy, I bit up and down for the Northern Irishman but he
finishes 5-under par. It did not quite turn into the head-to-head
masterclass of 12 months ago but it was a battle between two friends,
two Ryder Cup team-mates, making the presentation now. Ladies and
gentlemen, the leading amateur and winner of the Silver Medal, Alfie
plot. He had great support around the chorus, grey wig for him as well
and I'm sure he will remember this for a very time. -- a great week for
him. He finished 6-over par and played some wonderful golf. European
amateur champion. I think you will be a hot favourite for the Walker
cup. His girlfriend cannot believe it. The runner-up and winner of the
Silver Salvo, Matt Kuchar. They have loved him around the links of
Birkdale, the crowds here and he said afterwards that it hurts and it
must do because it looked for a moment that he could be heading for
a first major. He did everything right. He must've thought maybe it
was his turn. He has been a wonderful player for many years. The
cries of his name around the course have been there always, he can count
himself a little unlucky. He gets the Silver salvo but it is not quite
like the real thing. And with a score of 268, the winner
of the Gold Medal and the champion golfer of the year, Jordan Spieth!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. He led from the start and he showed such
incredible resilience over those last five holes today. It was
amazing, he was a bit like an heavyweight boxer who had hit the
canvas and you think he is out but he came up battling. Those last five
holes were something special. I do not know how he turned it around but
there was real mental fortitude and he is a classy champion golfer.
Brilliant stuff and congratulations to him. A short time ago, I grabbed
a few words with the Open champion. Jordan, clutching the Claret Jug,
huge congratulations, it was eventful out there, how do you
describe it? It was. I told Michael after was, I said 17 pars and a
birdie would have worked as well but he said, I enjoyed that path better.
What a tremendous five holes. There was one route and you had to put
your foot on the gas pedal and 14 got me back into it and I knew I had
the momentum and we were tied and I felt I had an advantage at that
point and that was all I needed because I did not think that way the
whole day. But for those last five holes, there was the 13th, the tee
shot, describe what you were thinking as you were walking up to
find your ball. Well, they said they had found it or else I would have
hit another one but then they found the wrong ball, I was told it hit a
guy in the head and went over the other side and once I saw it, I knew
I could not hit it back far enough to get it into Blake and I was
trying to look at unplayable options. I credit myself for having
hit the ball in some pretty unique places in my short career so far to
recognise to take my time and sit there and say, I might have an
advantage going here instead of re-teeing and I was able to make a
five out of it and without that, I make a six or seven and it is very
well over. It seemed to be a huge turning point, had you turn that
into what you were then able to produce over the last five holes? I
stood on the next tee, extremely nervous as I was all day and thought
I had a good number or I could hit a nice smooth swing, when you're so
nervous you hit the ball so far and I thought I could smooth it and hold
it in the wind and it was a laser out there. It almost rolled past.
When that one went in, that was huge. When we bought off the 13th
green, Michael said we had the momentum, I know it was an odd way
to do it but we have the momentum even though we were one down. I know
you will want to enjoy this verse, but it is number three on the route
to a Grand Slam, how much does intensity build now? A bit. It adds
a headline to it. For me, the game plan is a week of rest, my birthday
is next week, I have got a trip planned with my dad and brother to
go fishing and then I have the PGA. We will go through a similar process
that I did before this, I went on vacation and I got ready the week
before and came here. Enjoy the win and the birthday, you're the
champion golfer of the year, congratulations. A great champion,
but it has been a great week. Everything has been marvellous, I
don't know how he got that boost of confidence at the 13th when he took
a bogey when he could have taken a six or seven. From there, he could
not be stopped, it was a brilliant performance. Also this week, the
chorus has been perfect and the weather has given variation for the
players, the crowds have supported well, it has been a fantastic week
of golf and we have had a really deserved champion. We have indeed,
it has been a pleasure sharing it with you but there is a lot more
sport to camp on the BBC. From tomorrow, the world swimming
Championships live from Budapest. Our next golf on the BBC, the
British Open, highlights of all four days starting on Thursday, the 3rd
of August at five o'clock. But there is more live golf to come on the
BBC. It will be very exciting to see if
Jordan Spieth can make it a Grand Slam in the Majors and it will be
live on the BBC, but tonight, he will enjoy his third major victory,
his first at the Open Championship, it was a crazy final day here at
Royal Birkdale but the 23-year-old from Texas held the lead and his
nerve to be crowned champion golfer of the year. Goodbye.
Eilidh Barbour introduces highlights from the final round of the Open Championship from Royal Birkdale. The famous Claret Jug has been won by some of the greatest names in golf - including Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. In recent years, Northern Ireland has produced two Open winners - Darren Clarke in 2011 and Rory McIlroy in 2014, but there has not been an English champion since Sir Nick Faldo in 1992.
Commentary by Peter Allis, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter.