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Day 4 Highlights

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.

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The history, the Heritage. The enthusiasts, the expectation. The

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movement, the magic. The frantic flurry. The freedom of flair. Ed's

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the final Sunday at the Open. Big weather, big crowds, major

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history and some sensational golf. This Open Championship has already

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delivered so much, but on Open Sunday it will deliver the biggest

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prize of all. What twists will the tale produced in the hunt to become

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champion golfer of the year? Before we had out on the course, here's

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Andrew with a quick look back at what has already been a

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record-breaking Championship. It all began rather strangely, a

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blast from the past to open the show. A dark Thursday morning. Soon

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the Stars and Stripes flew far more proudly. The Americans were coming.

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There was also plenty for those craving home success. Paul Casey and

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a familiar strut in Ian Poulter's stride. And there was McIlroy,. A

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pale imitation on the first few holes till he was told to remember

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simply who he was, and then he reminded us how good he can be.

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They two, stirred into something evil by the weather. Some would cope

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and others would not. Phil Mickelson came so close last year but now he

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left early. McIlroy was in control, mastering the breeze, making up for

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the last round. He finished before the rain came, which calmed the

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winds. So to round three, and on moving day, all emotions seemed to

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be in one direction, the course without offence. Newmark made out in

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the game by Branden Grace. Birdies, the new holes, eagles, commonplace.

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Three shots picked up in the first two holes, all perfectly normal. The

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champion, Henrik Stenson, clinging onto his Claret Jug. Left a long way

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behind. Spieth continued, relentless. Still young but already

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familiar with Majors won and lost. But this is the oldest and the prize

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he has not claimed yet. Will this be the year for Jordan

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Spieth? He is setting the pace. Austin Connelly is having some debut

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at the Open. He is six back. The British charge faltered a little

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on day three. Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter and Richie Ramsay or losing

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on the leaders. They start the day nine shots back. -- all losing.

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What is going through his mind as he makes his preparations to go on to

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the tee for his final-round? He has looked invincible. He's been

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practising and I've noticed a lot of long parting, so he's in perfect

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shape. Playing wonderful golf, seems to know the tactics wonderfully

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well. -- long putting. Not lying in the rough too long. He's a

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marvellous putter. Getting it absolutely on the final touch before

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he walks to the first tee. He doesn't look like a man who feels

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pressure all feels the moment, but will there be a few nerves going on?

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Absolutely. No question at all. He's won two Majors and has the chance to

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win a third. Only Jack Nicklaus had done the same by the age of 24, so

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he'll be making history, but he's up against Matt Cooch are today, who

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has been playing very steadily all week. -- Matt Kuchar. He always gets

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the old cry every time he hits the nice shots, so it'll be an

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interesting battle. But Spieth will be tough to beat. Let's hear from

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the two at the top. I'm excited to be in the position

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I'm in. Three shots off the lead, great chance. Many other players in

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the field with a chance to win the job. I think we see what the

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conditions are, we see the forecast, same thing we did in round two,

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knowing 65 is a realistic and par will be a better score. If you step

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up on the first tee, hit in the fairway, you can be aggressive. If

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you missed the fairway, you have to figure out, what's my best

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situation? I'm hoping to find a lot of fairways. I think I'm in a

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position where I can be very advantageous, everything I've been

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through. I understand Leeds can be squandered quickly but also

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understand how you can keep on building. -- I understand how a lead

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can be squandered. The Claret Jug might be a step too

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far for Rory McIlroy this year but he's giving it a good go. He's out

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with Ross Fisher, defending his 66 yesterday.

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Henrik tees off at 2pm alongside world number one Dustin Johnson.

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And they will be followed by the world number two looking for his

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first major. He is alongside Branden Grace.

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In the penultimate group, on the hunt for back-to-back Majors is

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Brooks Koepa, playing with Austin Connelly, who is having a serious

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debut in the Majors. The final group is Matt Kuchar,

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who's becoming a favourite, and Jordan Spieth, looking to become the

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youngest winner of the Open since Seve Ballesteros.

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So none of the early starters threatening the top of the

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leaderboard but lovely conditions at Royal Birkdale, and there are some

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lower rounds being posted. The clubhouse leader with a 5-under, 65.

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Let's get out on the course with your commentary team of Andrew

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Cotter, Ken Brown and Peter Aliss. Thank you. Come on, fella. Let's see

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some real sparkle. On another day he could be leading the field with that

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score instead of people feeling sorry for you, but this afternoon,

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let's see a bit of that Irish. Took 30, 40 yards off it, but that's

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OK. Got a nice bump off the back of the bunker. Popped it in here for

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birdie three. Plenty of birdies out there today.

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Lee Westwood. Birdie at the final hole. Good second shot. Come on.

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Grandstand finish! 1-over par. That's a good total when you think

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the par is 70. 281. Lie... Birdie putt. He got it, he

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got it. Haotong Li. Birdie two. And moving nicely.

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Rory for his par. Just enough pace. Says his four after missing the

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green. -- saves his four. He burst on the scene here in 1998

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as the 17-year-old. No such dramatics here this year. Another

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disappointing Open Championship for Justin Rose. The history man of

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yesterday, Branden Grace, onto the first tee.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE This is horrible for Dustin Johnson,

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has to come out sideways. Almost backwards! The worst possible start

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for Dustin Johnson. McIlroy again having to fight hard for his part. I

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think he fancied that one but it's all just a bit of a struggle. He was

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doing good stuff to save par. That's all. He'll need more than that.

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Johnson for a bogey. That was out of the greenside trap. This first hole

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suddenly causing real problems for the players.

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Rickie Fowler underway at the fifth. Players laying up today. Tee back,

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skin tight right. A nasty little slope. What a shot from Fowler! Four

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pars and a birdie at the fifth to move to minus two. Jordan Spieth

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being taken back from the practice ground. Just getting ready for his

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tee time at 2:30pm. A birdie attempt at the first from Grace. Found a

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fair few birdies yesterday. Not one here on the first. Garcia at ten.

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Yeah, lovely birdie. He moves to plus one. Out of bounds with the

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tee. Missed the Green Chip to hit this for a double bogey. This to

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drop from four to two. That is just typical of his day so far. Triple

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bogey, back to minus one. Onto the first tee comes the final group.

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Cheering for Spieth and the familiar boos for Matt Kuchar. Playing for

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this greatest of prizes. Has been in consistent form this

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year. Can he get anywhere near the prolific Jordan Spieth? It's a

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decent start. On the tee from the USA, Jordan

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Spieth! CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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He's so far made it look rather easy but we know and he certainly knows

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what can happen in the final round of a major.

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Seems to be straight and true. Ooh! He can now snip over the corner. He

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can see a glimpse of the ball there but that is horrible wrath. Might be

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standing above it... Way above, and that could be very difficult. So not

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a bad bunker shot for Connelly. This to save par at the first. Lovely

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stroke. Oh! Couldn't come any closer! They are all having their

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problem is first, Mark, aren't they? It's amazing. Just a bit more wind

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and all of a sudden it looks different. Here's some snapshots

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from the past of Austin Connelly. There he is on the right with Jordan

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Spieth three years ago at the Ryder Cup. They shared a coach but now he

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is hunting down Spieth. Should be a formality from three

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feet, this. Ooh! Hit it too hard. This first hole wreaking havoc!

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A little press forward, low on his hands. And another one. Yes! Birdies

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on the fifth and sixth the Noren. -- for Noren. That ball is not sitting

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nicely on virtual short grass. That's where it is, standing way up.

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Horrible. Yes, he's got to chop it out and be sensible, which he hasn't

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managed to do. So... The rough is not too bad there so he could get a

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drop if he doesn't like the lie. Possible damage. I don't know. The

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grass just wrapping their head over enough to pull it into the rough.

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Interesting. Matt Kuchar started three behind Jordan Spieth but...

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Might be closer to his playing partner here. Just left it out

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there. Not great from Kuchar but far worse from Spieth. An attacking

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second from Ian Poulter. Mr Green from the wrong side. -- missed the

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green. Great putt. Back to minus two. China's top golfer, Haotong Li.

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Belts it in. Look at that for a reply. 4-under. Only two players

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ahead of him now. McIlroy at five. Safely down the middle of the tee at

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five. A little shot with the wedge. Up you go... Ooh, not great. In fact

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distinctly average. He's got a good lie, Jordan Spieth, and actually has

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a bit of green to play with there. A wonderful putter but that is from

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his par. Still no birdies son Roy. Five

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straight pars. -- still no birdies for McIlroy. From the right of the

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green out of the Swale, Kuchar putting up the slope, over, down and

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across this first green, and it's beautifully judged. Two feet from

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the cut. McIlroy again having to work for his par. Yes, they cry, but

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he's just treading water so far. All par so far. Not the best start, Ken.

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No, at he's got this to save his par, and if anyone is likely to hold

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it this week, it's probably him. Shaky start. Bogey five and he

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marches after it a bit rapidly. 10-under. A lead of just two now.

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To make par for Kuchar. Nicely done. Two behind the leader.

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One hole played and Spieth drops from stroke. They've got a

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commanding lead over the pack as things stand at the moment.

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To save par at the third, Henrik Stenson, and, no, it's gone for him.

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That'll be par, par, bogey. Johnson has reached the green. Coming back

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beautifully. 4-under. Today. -2 and now in ninth position.

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Kuchar at the second on the semi-rough. Pin tight right at the

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front. Awkward to get at this one but he's got to attack at some point

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in this round. He likes it. You beauty! Over to you, Mr Spieth.

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That's it. Fantastic. What a week! He'll never forget it! Winner of the

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silver medal and best amateur in the field. 71, 73, 69, 73 plus six. The

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silver medal worth its weight in gold. Mr Spieth has the perfect

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position off the tee. 132 yards, wind off the right. Cutting across,

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it's going to land very softly if he gets the line right. Ooh, anything

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you can do... I can't do quite as well, but not bad.

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Southgate at the 14th. Birdie chance. Down the slope, and, my

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goodness, he was exhilarating. Massive roar from the gallery. Come

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on! Zac Johnson. Second at the 18th.

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Sticks pass the bunkers and a bit of light rough. Kuchar's tapped in for

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his birdie. Spieth has this to match. And keep the lead at two.

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Ooh... Signs of weakness from Spieth. The lead shrinks to one.

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This is a high-tariff, as good as you can have for a massive risk. We

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can see all the rough around this tee. I await its always better to

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miss in the right place. Let's have a look at the conditions

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of the course. The fairways are pretty firm. Let's chuck quondam

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here. It's quite hard, the ground, so it does bounce. Undulating

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fairways are reasonably wide but you have to get a good position. This is

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standard rough but you are going to lose complete control of the ball.

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Let's have a look at the other side. You ready, Martin? What we've seen

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this week on a number of the holes on the one side where the rough is

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deeper than on the other, if we have a look at the rough here... That's

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much more pleasant. The ball is sitting reasonably well so the

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players will ascertain that driving distance where the thicker side is

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Andy the thinner side, and it makes a lot of difference. -- and the

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thinner side. So they will He favours the right side and we can

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see the top of the ball. Tricky from that position. Trouble is the Koepa

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at the third. He's made it good work.

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This for his par at the 18th. Very neat, tidy 66. Add a couple of those

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on Friday in the strong winds. Just inside the top ten. The wind in the

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last hour or so has picked up. Nobody is under-par. Making it look

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a bit more difficult and that's the reason why.

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Spieth in trouble again at the third. Not too bad. It's very easy

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to just miss the green and take three from the edge. Easy, easy, he

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said. Head down. It is at the back of the green and through. Come on,

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you must have some idea! Could there be another swing here? Because this

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is the perfect position to get there from. Can he get it in there? Can he

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we've let into this flag? He can't! You either get it right or wrong and

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there's not that much in between. In the cat box! His Noren. He's done

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some sensational rounds this year. Won a couple of times. This birdie,

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birdie, birdie -fest... When he gets going... Here's Li at the 17th.

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4-under par. I tell you what, something silly happened now, he

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could really stir things up. What a terrific effort!

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Not a bad spot of the bunker here for Kuchar. Has to land it all the

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way, on the green. Over to you... Spieth connecting to part from the

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back of the third. He's all of 20, 20 two yards away. -- 22 yards away.

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Good line. Tailing off. Fell away at the end more than I thought. Austin

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Connelly. Birdie chance at the fourth.

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Li for a birdie at the 17th. Yes, well done. 5-under. Who knows? With

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three at the last, could bring much gold.

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Kuchar found the right front bunker, splashed out here to save this par.

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Really keen slope back. Par, birdie, bogey. 8-under, just as he started.

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Night hole, Rickie Fowler. -- ninth hole. Cutting for a three. Looks

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good. We've seen a lot of long putts this week. Chippings, bunker shots.

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Out of 33. Jordan Spieth to save his par, at

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the 3rd. He missed it, before he hit it. Well, the plot does beckon. And

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that four and 5-under suddenly look well, you never know. Alex Noren at

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the 9th for a birdie. This will be out in 31. Hello. How about that for

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a tidy nine holes. Four under. They said the wind would get up and look

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at that changed the leaderboard, Jordan Spieth leads by one but look

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at the people behind him. One word two of them are going well, Jordan

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Spieth looks decidedly shaky at this moment. Haotong Li, 5-under. That is

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absolutely perfect. Almost on your follow-through.

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13 macro shot from Kuchar, down the hill at the 4th. -- the tee shot.

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In the sand. Jordan! Now Jordan Spieth, despite his very cool

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demeanour, must be feeling a little bit shaky at this moment. This is

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when the true artist... He does not like that. It ended up on the grain.

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-- green. Haotong Li, golf is becoming more

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popular there and he is the leading light. At the 18th. Oh my goodness!

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It may have popped into the hole, that is a 63. Matt Kuchar in the

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bunker, to the right of the fourth. Shut your eyes, you might get

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splashed in sand. Sepp Blatter, splatter. The lightly played. --

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splatter. First time in the Open Championship,

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this for a 63. What a fabulous performance. An amazing 31. He is

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6-under, currently third on his own and the way things are going, you

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never know. This is no pushover to get down in two from here.

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That is a dreadful putt. Spieth has to call on some resolve here.

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Marc Leishman, plenty of birdies at the 15th. Big moment here for

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Spieth, he has let it slip a little. He really needs this, desperately.

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No, he is up and away. He has these moments, I have seen them before,

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not very often, but we will have to wait and see. A couple of hours to

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go yet, but very shaky, when the young golfing brain gets a little

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bit addled. Kuchar,. It is all tied at the top, 8-under par. Out under

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the covers at 6-under. Southgate at the 16th. Leading home player at

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this moment. His good work continues. Not too much spin on

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this, Rory. Second to the ninth. Trying to cut it into this front

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right. He needs a bit of luck on the greens and it needs to happen

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quickly. Another birdie chance for Southgate. Scampering through the

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field. We are already seen a bit of a shift at the top of the

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leaderboard. Jordan Spieth started with a three shot lead over Matt

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Kuchar. They are both now tied on 8-under par but the clubhouse

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leader, had timely in his Open debut becoming the first Asian to shoot 63

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in the final round of the men's major and he joins Richie. The

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youngest player from China to appear at the Open, your first Open, what

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is your performance today mean to you? It is pretty much like a dream

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come true. Since I started to play golf, I wanted to play a major and

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try and win a major. Really happy to see now, getting closer and closer,

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hopefully, in future, I will do something. 134 yards, just running

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into the light rough which makes it more unpredictable. This is Spieth.

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Nicely done. Birdie chance at last. Peter, what do you think of the show

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so far? I think it is quite intriguing. It brings a sparkle to

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the old man's eyes. I like to see them suffer a little bit, like us.

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We had built waterproofs and grotty old shoes. It is not over yet.

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Chris Wood. Started off like on fire. -- like a house on fire. Good

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bounce up. Here she comes. How about this then? A putt for an eagle

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three. McIlroy for a birdie. Desperately needed. Well done!

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Waited a long time for that one. After all those under par scores

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yesterday and today, only three players at the last 20 had beaten

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the par going out. Quite extraordinary. The leaders all

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stumbling. -- the leaders are all stumbling. Kuchar down at the other

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side. Spieth has a good chance here. The eighth. 3-under.

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Spieth after all his problems, trying to get one back. There we

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are. Normal service resumes, Spieth leads by one. One of the early

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jitters. After that beautiful approach to the eighth. Rafa

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Cabrera-bello, calmly into the cut. Four under.

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Kuchar. Safely makes his four. And by virtue of the birdie of Spieth,

:40:42.:40:55.

once again, trailing. Now, Chris Wood for his eagle.

:40:56.:41:07.

An amateur here back in 2008, Hometown hero. Fleetwood.

:41:08.:41:19.

And they have stuck with him all week. Score really irrelevant, still

:41:20.:41:31.

fighting his way until the end. So the long par four and Spieth with

:41:32.:41:35.

the 3-wood. Left again, Spieth, there is a bit

:41:36.:41:48.

of room out there. He was using all of it. Again, trampled down there,

:41:49.:41:55.

should not be too bad, the sixth not as bad as it has been, a bit of a

:41:56.:42:01.

helping wind, but there are some signs. Kuchar going with the driver

:42:02.:42:07.

again this time. Trying to aim it at the last bunker down the left, peel

:42:08.:42:10.

it back against the breeze. Spieth heading off down the sex.

:42:11.:42:37.

Well, what a start to the final round it has been for Jordan Spieth.

:42:38.:42:49.

-- heading of down there sixth. Could only hack it down the

:42:50.:42:53.

left-hand side, lots of players struggling and Spieth is no

:42:54.:42:59.

different. The third, despite all the talking to his ball... He did

:43:00.:43:11.

not know where it was. But it was through the back and another bogey

:43:12.:43:16.

would arrive there. And on the fourth, the par three, then putter

:43:17.:43:20.

letting him down. Moving very quickly, three dropped shots, hope

:43:21.:43:26.

for the rest of the field. It wasn't iron off the tee and a deadly

:43:27.:43:38.

accurate second. He would knock in the putts to give him some relief

:43:39.:43:46.

and Jordan Spieth leading again. But, these are nervous times for the

:43:47.:43:50.

leader in the final round of the Open Championship. He has got away

:43:51.:43:56.

with it, he can get a wood on it, he is a long way back, Spieth. Chaser.

:43:57.:44:12.

Bunker, bunker. No. I'm fortunate to this that bunker with that flag. --

:44:13.:44:21.

unfortunate to miss that bunker. Kuchar, off the tee. Hits a high

:44:22.:44:28.

ball, but that one was sky-high. That bunker shot he has got is a 40

:44:29.:44:38.

yard bunker shot, so difficult. Matthew Southgate is putting

:44:39.:44:41.

together a very fine round, penultimate hole. Go, go, go! Three

:44:42.:44:50.

birdies so far in the back nine, and that to get to four under. Well, it

:44:51.:44:58.

is Jordan Spieth's birthday next week, getting at little present

:44:59.:45:01.

there are, not finding the bunker. All the way up the green, he did

:45:02.:45:20.

that beautifully. Took his lucky break. Took advantage. Should save

:45:21.:45:27.

par here on the sixth. Southgate for birdie on the 17th. Yes! In it goes.

:45:28.:45:35.

He is leading the home challenge and he is up to a tie for fourth place,

:45:36.:45:41.

Matthew Southgate. He has had all sorts of drama off the course of

:45:42.:45:45.

late. This is wonderful from Matthew Southgate. Spieth is close, what can

:45:46.:45:51.

Kuchar do? You can hear the sound. Once again,

:45:52.:46:16.

at a disadvantage. The return putt. After missing the green at the par

:46:17.:46:19.

34 Brooks Koepka. Good enough. That is what is left for Kuchar to

:46:20.:46:35.

save par. He is not going to get there.

:46:36.:46:52.

Another shot gone, bogeyed the third, now a dropped shot on the

:46:53.:46:58.

sixth. Spieth is falling back and his playing partner is as well,

:46:59.:47:00.

Kuchar back to seven. Marc Leishman lost out in the play

:47:01.:47:39.

of a couple of years ago at St Andrews. Eagle putt.

:47:40.:47:52.

Matthew Southgate, second to last hole. Came up a little bit further.

:47:53.:48:05.

That is a grand story for a Southgate, heading for a top five

:48:06.:48:06.

finish. Marc Leishman makes his four. 31.

:48:07.:48:22.

Has picked up two more on this side. Now, a man against himself now.

:48:23.:48:24.

Spieth at seven. Oh come on, stop moving it like

:48:25.:48:48.

that! This time, finds the green. Kuchar to this seventh hole, greens

:48:49.:48:57.

surrounded by the bunkers. 106 seven yards. -- 167 yards. And Kuchar

:48:58.:49:12.

attacks. Brooks Koepka, huge drive on the eighth. And a delicate touch,

:49:13.:49:16.

birdie chance. He has given that a right old race.

:49:17.:49:38.

Great round that Matthew Southgate is putting together but he is

:49:39.:49:43.

testing himself at last. It is all about the little things, Andrew. Two

:49:44.:49:50.

putts, nothing special. Spieth is testing himself, a la little bit

:49:51.:49:59.

loose off the tee. And one of those... Southgate. This is his

:50:00.:50:06.

final putt of the day. A very special round. It is! And he roars

:50:07.:50:16.

in celebration. 65 for Matthew Southgate. Leading home player. And

:50:17.:50:29.

that is how much it means. 65 to close, 12 at Troon last year, he had

:50:30.:50:32.

cancer a couple of years ago and did not know if he would play again. And

:50:33.:50:38.

suddenly here he is, tied for fourth place in the Open Championship.

:50:39.:50:41.

Kuchar at seven. Tee shot deserved more than that,

:50:42.:50:52.

just a three. Brooks Koepka reduced this ape hole

:50:53.:51:12.

to a monstrous drive and a slick. Brooks Koepka moves up to four under

:51:13.:51:22.

par, big grip on that number. -- big group on that number. Spieth, just

:51:23.:51:27.

his third par of the day. McIlroy, beautiful second into the

:51:28.:51:56.

11th. Yes, indeed. He moves to four under, two birdies in three holes,

:51:57.:52:02.

all hope is not let that go all not lost for McIlroy. None of the last

:52:03.:52:10.

four golfers on the course yet going under par through the opening holes.

:52:11.:52:15.

Jordan Spieth still has a two lead over Matt Kuchar but Matthew Cowell

:52:16.:52:20.

-- Michael Matthew Southgate in the clubhouse and he is on course for

:52:21.:52:26.

his best finish. What a weekend it has been for you? I guess as good as

:52:27.:52:30.

you could have hoped? Will be finished on Friday, we were 87. I

:52:31.:52:35.

knew we were going to make the cut, I knew how difficult it was so many

:52:36.:52:39.

people had not teed off but to turn it around with the big weekend like

:52:40.:52:44.

that and look like top ten, it is amazing for me. Some great emotion

:52:45.:52:49.

on 18 from you. Last year I missed out on qualifying, and I missed the

:52:50.:52:57.

Masters by two and I believe there are sports if you're in the top 84

:52:58.:53:04.

the Masters. That putt was all I was thinking was Magnolia Lane. That was

:53:05.:53:09.

very special. You can see that in my reaction. Here comes Tommy, sailing

:53:10.:53:20.

home up the 18th. A first round of 76. A man who used to sneak onto

:53:21.:53:24.

here as a youngster and play a few holes here. And, Austin Connolly,

:53:25.:53:36.

just getting ready for his next shot. Quick snack. Focused.

:53:37.:53:49.

Fleetwood to finish on the 18th. Come on, close with a three. One of

:53:50.:54:00.

the rising stars of European golf, of British golf, so close, he would

:54:01.:54:08.

have loved to have delighted his home crowd with a better challenge.

:54:09.:54:16.

They still love him. Kuchar. Very interesting style, for those of you

:54:17.:54:23.

that study such things, lots of movement, the way he takes the club

:54:24.:54:27.

back, the line of the swing, John Jacob said there are so many ways to

:54:28.:54:31.

play this game well and the old boy is quite right. Super shot. Little

:54:32.:54:52.

further up, Peter,. He is only 24 next week. He has done remarkably

:54:53.:54:59.

well. One or two little cracks. He is only 24. The likes of Tiger Woods

:55:00.:55:10.

only come along every 80 years or so. The gentle facade cracks a

:55:11.:55:22.

little bit. Marc Leishman, currently four under. It is a good finish

:55:23.:55:34.

again. 65 and starting to perform on the big stage on a regular basis.

:55:35.:55:43.

Now, can the Spaniard avoid the hazard? He has done well. On

:55:44.:55:54.

Thursday, it would have banded up before the rain, maybe even made it

:55:55.:55:58.

onto the surface. A lengthy one for McIlroy. Anything other than flat

:55:59.:56:02.

here. Beautiful putt. Kuchar has not had a birdie since

:56:03.:56:26.

the second. Rafa Cabrera-bello at the 11th. This

:56:27.:57:46.

is not easy to get close. Played it well. They can see eight or ten feet

:57:47.:58:01.

past. -- you can save. Spieth has been taking a long time over those

:58:02.:58:03.

little putts. And Grace at the town. Looks good,

:58:04.:58:48.

doesn't it? How about that? They know at thing or two, these whizz

:58:49.:58:58.

kids, you know! So a two shot lead for Jordan Spieth as him and Matt

:58:59.:59:02.

Kuchar head towards the turn. Rory McIlroy heading up the leaderboard,

:59:03.:59:08.

he is four under par through his first 12 holes. Paul Casey, after

:59:09.:59:14.

the second shot into 17, uphill. Good race to the clubhouse, three

:59:15.:59:46.

birdies in a row. It is an eagle -- evil flag. Very nasty. Almost

:59:47.:59:52.

impossible to get it close really. Who said that? What a ridiculous

:59:53.:00:01.

thing to say! He probably does not know how near that is. Flag perched

:00:02.:00:09.

on the right and the breeze also coming in that direction. He will be

:00:10.:00:14.

forced to go a little left off the flag here at nine.

:00:15.:00:35.

I don't know if that is going to jump or not. It does not jump. Not a

:00:36.:00:52.

problem if I hit it nice and solid? Yes.

:00:53.:00:58.

Not a bad lie. We'll try to hit is nice and solid. -- he will try to

:00:59.:01:07.

hit this. Looks good. Very good. Gave the trophy away earlier in the

:01:08.:01:38.

week. Still trying to find his game. A mammoth putt across the green.

:01:39.:01:46.

That is a birdie four Cabrera-Bello. Wonderful tee shot at the short

:01:47.:02:04.

12th. The leaders might not be in bed

:02:05.:02:08.

numbers but there are plenty of players just behind them putting in

:02:09.:02:12.

good scores. Marc Leishman, five birdies on his way to a 65, he is

:02:13.:02:17.

looking for a third top five finish in his last four Opens. Let's talk

:02:18.:02:23.

to him. Currently you are inside the top five, the. Five finish if it

:02:24.:02:27.

stays that way, definitely the fourth top ten finish in a major and

:02:28.:02:31.

three of those have been at the Open, why so good? I grew up on this

:02:32.:02:36.

kind of course, firm and windy. I just enjoy playing it. Like I said

:02:37.:02:43.

the other day, it is a style of golf that I really enjoy playing. I

:02:44.:02:45.

really look forward to coming here every year. It is nice when you can

:02:46.:02:52.

back it up with good play. A few things happening off the course with

:02:53.:02:55.

regards to you so nice to be able to enjoy some good things on and off

:02:56.:03:00.

the course? Yeah, for sure, we have got a baby girl at home, two weeks

:03:01.:03:04.

old. Life is good. Everyone is healthy. Like you said, I'm playing

:03:05.:03:09.

well on the course as well. Very happy in all aspects of my life.

:03:10.:03:14.

Let's hope it keeps going and very well played once again. No worries,

:03:15.:03:19.

thanks a lot. Steadied the ship, Peter. Maybe it is time to pop one

:03:20.:03:23.

in. May be thereon rocky season ahead.

:03:24.:03:43.

-- there are rocky seas. Big putt here, for McIlroy, poor tee shot,

:03:44.:03:46.

did well to get to the front of the green, five or six feet and he has

:03:47.:03:52.

got it. He has slipped a view of those this week, still five behind

:03:53.:03:57.

and needs a miracle finish but we have had miracle finishes on this

:03:58.:04:04.

course before today. Kuchar for a... Could have been a three from where

:04:05.:04:05.

he was off the tee. Yes! He has looked very shaky on those

:04:06.:04:34.

for a long time. Phil Mickelson, the same, beautiful putter, if he's

:04:35.:04:42.

going to miss any little putts of that length, that is the side of a

:04:43.:04:46.

twitch, call it whatever you will come you amateur psychoanalyst can

:04:47.:04:49.

tell us what it is but it is a twitch. Level, now. McIlroy goes to

:04:50.:04:55.

the 14th tee and meanwhile, Ken has been finding out how the players get

:04:56.:04:56.

the exact yardage. As a player, I've just finished the

:04:57.:05:07.

13th and my caddy is wandering onto the 14th tee, the par-3. Let me

:05:08.:05:12.

explain how a player and caddy get their yardage. Here is an enlarged

:05:13.:05:19.

picture of the yardage book, the 14th green, and here is the tee and

:05:20.:05:22.

from the back of the tee today, it is 184. The caddy will measure

:05:23.:05:30.

because this tee is a little bit up, one, two, three, four, five, six,

:05:31.:05:36.

seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, 12, and it is measured from there and so

:05:37.:05:42.

from the back teeth it is 12 yards up, 184-12, back to where we are,

:05:43.:05:47.

get a good picture of the shot, that is 172, that is how far it is from

:05:48.:05:51.

the back of the tree to the front of the green, then you look at your pin

:05:52.:05:55.

sheet, the pain is on 29, seven from the left, so 172, plus 29, is this

:05:56.:06:09.

hole playing 201 yards, slightly downhill. So then you have a look at

:06:10.:06:13.

the green plan and mark it on, that is where the flag yesterday, 29 on,

:06:14.:06:18.

seven from the left. Your perfect shot is to hit into this area, here.

:06:19.:06:26.

201 yards downhill, not much breeze at the moment, probably a crisp

:06:27.:06:29.

6-iron. That is our players and caddy 's work out the yardage on

:06:30.:06:36.

this hole, 201. Well done, Ken, McIlroy with a 7-iron, needs a

:06:37.:06:40.

full-blooded one. He needs an extra good one to get right up to the

:06:41.:06:45.

flag, I fancy. It is right on line, beautiful looking shot. Needs a hop

:06:46.:06:51.

and it has stopped. Maybe a little three quarters six would have done

:06:52.:06:52.

the job but a lovely shot. Stenson. Yes, there we are. Stenson birdied

:06:53.:07:10.

the 11th and the 12th after a horrible front nine, he is coming

:07:11.:07:14.

back. Not sure about his shirt! Now McIlroy. Birdie putt.

:07:15.:07:22.

Oh! He is never far away. Just four behind. But again, time and holes

:07:23.:07:39.

disappearing fast. Two par-5s, though, you can reach them both,

:07:40.:07:44.

he's got the power to do it. -- he can reach. Interesting choice of

:07:45.:07:48.

club, must be slightly on the downside, going with the putter,

:07:49.:07:51.

through the valley end up the other side. He's given that a wrap. Not

:07:52.:07:56.

bad at all. That is a tricky one, down the slope, a little bit of

:07:57.:08:05.

movement on it. McIlroy, ready to crush one into the breeze at the

:08:06.:08:14.

15th. Where is this going, left? Oh, my goodness, that is mild left. --

:08:15.:08:23.

miles left. That is what faces Spieth here at the 10th.

:08:24.:08:35.

It was not going to turn that much according to the lines and it

:08:36.:08:38.

didn't. A front nine of 37 to par of 34, not

:08:39.:08:54.

the haemorrhage of the Masters a couple of years ago on the 12th but

:08:55.:09:00.

a steady drip of shots away. That was as while a Pichot as we have

:09:01.:09:04.

seen this week, McIlroy, down among the spectators. But he is down there

:09:05.:09:13.

with the crowd... I don't think they have found it yet. Now, Kuchar on

:09:14.:09:21.

the tenth. In it goes and this group, I think they have been put on

:09:22.:09:24.

the clock, we are hearing, so they are the last group out but they have

:09:25.:09:29.

got to give up. Future, not exactly rushing to the next tee. All tied at

:09:30.:09:34.

the top of the leaderboard, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, 8-under par,

:09:35.:09:39.

as they head down the 11th. It could be an interesting white for Lee

:09:40.:09:44.

Howard Tsonga China in the clubhouse at 6-under par. -- an interesting

:09:45.:09:48.

wait for Hao-tong Li. Could he become the first Asian winner of the

:09:49.:09:52.

Open Championship? McIlroy, this is his fourth, he lost

:09:53.:09:59.

his driveway left so his Open Championship, on this fairly dental,

:10:00.:10:05.

the easiest hole this week, this par-5, is Open is heading into the

:10:06.:10:16.

sand and down and out. -- is Open. Kuchar's second to the 11th.

:10:17.:10:21.

OK. First thing this morning, there was hardly a breath of wind,

:10:22.:10:31.

gorgeous and now it is a squally looking sort of day. A lot of debate

:10:32.:10:39.

with his caddy as to what club to hit and how is going to plate,

:10:40.:10:44.

aiming way right, as if he will hit a low, drilling draw shot, using the

:10:45.:10:51.

breeze. Is overcooked it, cries of fore again. It was OK, he was

:10:52.:10:58.

worried if it was short of the gorse and it is, the group in front are

:10:59.:11:02.

now on the 13th tee so they have to get a gallop on. Now to McIlroy on

:11:03.:11:12.

the 15th, his fifth shot, woebegone. Well, he may just drop one but that

:11:13.:11:18.

will be enough to be his undoing. He was seeking an eagle. Well, he has

:11:19.:11:27.

found they lie, ten, but he is well above the green. He's fiddling

:11:28.:11:30.

around, looking a bit agitated, everything is a bit quick. He has to

:11:31.:11:37.

be lucky, got to play a good shot. Pretty good but a nice contact, it

:11:38.:11:41.

has run out a bit further than it looks, perhaps.

:11:42.:11:49.

McIlroy, to drop just one. The first bogey of the day. But it may be

:11:50.:12:00.

enough on this par-5, to rule him out of the running, wild, wild off

:12:01.:12:06.

the tee, a birdie with his second goal. Kuch, slow putt, big turn from

:12:07.:12:16.

right to left, climbing the hill. Gorgeous touch. CROWD: Kuuuch! a lot

:12:17.:12:24.

Gorgeous touch. CROWD: Kuuuch! alot lot of work left for his playing

:12:25.:12:28.

partner. You can see, four feet or for his part. -- for his par.

:12:29.:12:40.

Missed a short one on the ninth, of a similar distance, can he get this

:12:41.:12:49.

one in? He can. Middle of the cup. A good break with his second shot and

:12:50.:12:54.

an excellent up and down, good scramble. So off they head to the

:12:55.:12:59.

12th hole, this isolated par-3 and Ken was out there earlier, having a

:13:00.:13:01.

look at various pin positions. One of the crucial bits of equipment

:13:02.:13:11.

for a professional golfer is the pin position sheet. It is a plan that

:13:12.:13:15.

allows you to see where the flags are cut on the green so let's look

:13:16.:13:21.

at today's, at this second, eight on from the front and four from the

:13:22.:13:26.

right. I've marked all the ones that are four yards or less from the edge

:13:27.:13:29.

of the green and there are nine of them so some pretty tight pins

:13:30.:13:33.

today. The tightest one is on the 12th, seven on, free from the left.

:13:34.:13:37.

Let's have a quick look at it. There's a bit of a bluff at the

:13:38.:13:42.

front and the flag is very tight to the front left, one, two, three,

:13:43.:13:49.

four, five, six, seven. And three, one, two, three. Standing on the

:13:50.:13:53.

tee, you think it has almost missed the green, anything coming up a bit

:13:54.:13:57.

shy, the ball pitches here and it will trickle off but when I say

:13:58.:14:01.

trickle, off she has gone so you can't come up short. If you trickle

:14:02.:14:06.

off to the left, let's drop it off the edge, you think it. But it

:14:07.:14:10.

won't, and look at how the bunker gathers it up. Will it come back

:14:11.:14:15.

into the sound? No, but look what you are faced with. Christopher

:14:16.:14:20.

Columbus, look at that. You may even putt it round the edge because if

:14:21.:14:23.

you try to float it up, it is almost impossible and come and have a look

:14:24.:14:27.

at this, this sneaky little camera, sitting in the bank. Somebody goes

:14:28.:14:33.

there, you will get a close-up of his agony. Don't come up short or

:14:34.:14:38.

left on this hole, you have to go a little to the right otherwise you

:14:39.:14:42.

are in all sorts of trouble. There is the tiles, avoid the bunker on

:14:43.:14:46.

the left of the flag. Kuchar readies his grip. A bit of rain coming down

:14:47.:14:53.

now. It just sits on its own, this 12, away from the rest of the

:14:54.:14:56.

course, a beautiful par-3. Wind on the right and he is setting up to

:14:57.:15:02.

draw it to the flag, has to get it just right. Bite, bite, softly! I

:15:03.:15:12.

would say that was a percentage shot. Spieth, last iron shot into

:15:13.:15:20.

the 11th was a nervy pull to the left. Don't go left on this pin.

:15:21.:15:30.

Soft, soft! Right over the flag. That is a brave shot.

:15:31.:15:38.

Rather fittingly, all in black now, McIlroy. He still has his followers.

:15:39.:15:56.

Chasing it. Matt Kuchar is 39 years old, six foot four, world ranked

:15:57.:16:00.

number 18, was fourth in the Masters, 16th in the US Open. He is

:16:01.:16:01.

no mug. This is for his two. So he has a tester, now. Up and

:16:02.:16:28.

down, to get to 5-under. Going the high route, the pin is in a little

:16:29.:16:33.

valley that gathers up the ball. That really needed to come in a

:16:34.:16:36.

fraction from the right of the pin to get close. Spieth down the slope.

:16:37.:16:42.

He's also left it short. Maybe there's a comb of moisture on the

:16:43.:16:44.

greens. Spitting rain. Kuchar tapping in for par at the

:16:45.:16:57.

12th. Spieth to save par. All tight at the

:16:58.:17:24.

top, both players at 8-under par, there is the leaderboard. How do you

:17:25.:17:28.

think the land lies, Mark? I don't think Hao-tong Li will head how many

:17:29.:17:31.

minute but we need another one to mount the charge to make it more

:17:32.:17:34.

interesting but Spieth and Kuchar tied at eight, four ahead of the

:17:35.:17:43.

pack, Hao-tong Li in at 6-under. The players know if they get a good one,

:17:44.:17:46.

they can take the right handbag is out of play, and the rough on the

:17:47.:17:50.

right-hand side is not very deep. Spieth has put it up there a couple

:17:51.:17:57.

of times. Oh, my. Trying to give it a thump and it has gone to reload.

:17:58.:18:06.

Where has that gone, Mark? That's unbelievable, isn't it? That is 60

:18:07.:18:11.

yards right of the target. Into the elephant grass. You could lose your

:18:12.:18:18.

caddy in there! He's hoping someone is going to waive their arm but he

:18:19.:18:22.

is going to have a provisional. Someone has found it but whether it

:18:23.:18:26.

is the right ball not, we have yet to ascertain. To get this close, you

:18:27.:18:29.

have to take a risk and he's going to take a risk. Four yards of green

:18:30.:18:38.

to land it on. Just magic. As they say in the trade come you can't

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teach that. How far off line is it Chris DiMarco atrocious, wasn't it?

:18:44.:18:46.

It is definitely 60 yards from the middle of the fairway. How far off

:18:47.:18:54.

line was it? A big sand dune in front of him. That is one of the

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widest tee shots I've ever seen, it must be 60 yards off the right edge

:18:59.:18:59.

of the fairway. Out of the bunker to hear and it

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would be a great save and it is, McIlroy stays 3-under.

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They are still on top of that sand dune. It has just come to a halt.

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Playing as pincers printed until Tuesday! There's a lot of point in

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going on. -- play has been suspended. Maybe he's got to take a

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drop and they are seeing how far he has to go back to find the other

:19:39.:19:42.

fairway. That's possible, Ken. There is nowhere to drop it except further

:19:43.:19:46.

back down the slope. The trucks are in the way on the driving range, or

:19:47.:19:51.

practice ground, as the R like it to be called. Is the practice ground

:19:52.:19:59.

out of bounds? I don't know. It's got to be, surely, there is a fence

:20:00.:20:04.

around it. It must be. I think you are right, I think it is not

:20:05.:20:08.

playable. Well, this is just horrendous or Jordan Spieth. -- for

:20:09.:20:14.

Jordan Spieth. Richie Ramsay, it is glassy down

:20:15.:20:26.

there, is he going to get the mightiest of drawers. Oh, he has!

:20:27.:20:34.

Richie Ramsay. Sounds echo, he scuffed it as hard as he could,

:20:35.:20:42.

little eagle three, wonderful. Golf can be so magical one moment, and

:20:43.:20:46.

the next minute, it keeps you right where it hurts. -- it kicks you.

:20:47.:20:54.

Kuchar is caught a bit of a flyer, wind behind, but that was lucky,

:20:55.:20:59.

just on the upslope, could not have worked at any better for him, and he

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has that for these three. Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth is still rummaging in

:21:05.:21:10.

the sand dunes. He's going back to that you, is he? No, I think he is

:21:11.:21:17.

going to drop it in the trucks. -- he is going back to the tee? I guess

:21:18.:21:23.

it is not out of bounds. He will drop it behind the trucks and then

:21:24.:21:27.

get a free drop to the side for line of sight. Huge drive from McIlroy.

:21:28.:21:39.

Trying to cut it in out of the light rough, never easy to make the ball

:21:40.:21:43.

turn, it is high but it is deliciously handsome. Oh, what a

:21:44.:21:49.

shot, Rory! He will have that for eagle.

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Can we move this truck? The end of the drug which is right out here but

:21:59.:22:04.

I need to drop it. I can't take relief from the end of the trucks.

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This is my hair's point. I am not sure who knows the rules best.

:22:11.:22:18.

Wellcome he is making sure he drops it the right distance back so that

:22:19.:22:22.

is nearest point of relief is the practice ground rather than the

:22:23.:22:29.

thick rough towards the fairway. What a week for Alex Noren, he's

:22:30.:22:34.

played some wonderful golf, he won the BMW PGA Championship at

:22:35.:22:38.

Wentworth and now a good Open Championship, 67, in the clubhouse

:22:39.:22:42.

at 4-under par. Jordan Spieth, episode 24! The rules of visuals are

:22:43.:22:49.

undecided, I'm sure they're not undecided, but... We have to go

:22:50.:22:57.

further back, right? This is going to take an awful lot blogger because

:22:58.:23:00.

he's going to have to walk back up to the sand dunes to try to get a

:23:01.:23:04.

line. He's going to have a go at the green. He's gone up there to have

:23:05.:23:08.

another look but if you look at where the line of sight is from...

:23:09.:23:13.

They are not quite the right angle, are they? Almost impossible to tell,

:23:14.:23:16.

isn't it, Ken, when you are hidden behind a row of sand dunes, 25, 30

:23:17.:23:23.

feet tall. Just getting a yardage. You can send your caddy forward to

:23:24.:23:33.

pace it out. McIlroy, after that miraculous approach, eagle chance at

:23:34.:23:36.

the 17th, up the slope. He's only gone and done it! He's only gone and

:23:37.:23:44.

done it. It might be what might have been but if he can birdie the last,

:23:45.:23:49.

6-under, he will be tied leading in the clubhouse and what a raw. He's

:23:50.:23:55.

got that sort of look on his face. -- what a chair. OK, that is me in

:23:56.:24:03.

line with you as well, right? I'm on the left! Yeah. Get a reference

:24:04.:24:11.

point and try to give me a round number. Just trying to get their

:24:12.:24:16.

alignment for the next shot. I hope he's got the club in his hand

:24:17.:24:19.

otherwise is caddy will have to go all the way back, Michael Greller.

:24:20.:24:25.

Guys, would you mind moving back for your own safety? McIlroy's final tee

:24:26.:24:36.

shot. Can he avoid all the bunkers, cutting it over that one on the

:24:37.:24:39.

right-hand corner and passed the further up? It is almost good but

:24:40.:24:47.

just five yards to far right in that cloudy stuff. -- claggy stuff.

:24:48.:24:55.

Remarkably, Spieth is about to hit a ball.

:24:56.:25:06.

Well, it's not awful, but it is a tricky pitch, but he's back on the

:25:07.:25:19.

course. Lee is there for three at the par-4. Welcome to the world

:25:20.:25:27.

orienteering Championships. Duke of Edinburgh's awards! Brooks Koepka

:25:28.:25:33.

completing his birdie at 15, hopefully. Safely in. Well, in any

:25:34.:25:39.

way. He moves back to that big group of six players on 4-under. This is

:25:40.:25:45.

what Spieth has left, his fourth shot on the par-4. Come on down. For

:25:46.:25:56.

him to escape if he makes that with one shot dropped would be an

:25:57.:25:57.

enormous result for Spieth. McIlroy, trying to get this, well,

:25:58.:26:17.

interesting headgear, it was a really good effort, he got the

:26:18.:26:21.

distance perfectly, just caught in the front left trapped and caught in

:26:22.:26:27.

the face by a large divot. Well, it took Matt Kuchar six attempts at the

:26:28.:26:32.

Open before he made the cut. But he is likely to take the lead, here.

:26:33.:26:36.

Put the pressure right on Jordan Spieth.

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It is good. No, it stayed left! He thought it was going to move. It

:26:44.:26:48.

looked so good, didn't it? Herb at a par -- but a par from

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Kuchar, amid all the tales he did well to stick to his own thing and

:27:07.:27:08.

he will shortly lead. Spieth, after everything, drops just

:27:09.:27:31.

one, extraordinary hole from Jordan Spieth, the madness at the 13th is

:27:32.:27:35.

forgotten and he moves on. He is behind but only one behind. What a

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hole, what a hole for Jordan Spieth, out of jail. McIlroy at 18, third

:27:40.:27:48.

shot, second from out of the right-hand rough into this bunker.

:27:49.:27:57.

It's OK, nothing special. Cabrera-Bello on 17, this is for

:27:58.:28:10.

birdie. Can he join McIlroy at 5-under? He can. Two players at

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5-under, now. McIlroy's final putt? Yes, it is, a

:28:15.:28:40.

par the McIlroy at the last hole, a 67, around which threatens to ignite

:28:41.:28:43.

his Open challenge but he is going to come up short. He has taken his

:28:44.:28:51.

faithful followers on a ride of highs and lows. Incredibly in the

:28:52.:28:57.

madness of the 13th, Jordan Spieth dropped just one shot but it means

:28:58.:29:01.

Matt Kuchar is now out in front on his own at 8-under par. It has been

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an up-and-down week for Rory McIlroy at a closing 67 has him in the

:29:07.:29:09.

clubhouse on 5-under but the round of the day belongs to China's

:29:10.:29:15.

Hao-tong Li, just the fourth time a 63 has ever been shot on the final

:29:16.:29:20.

day of the Open. So let's take you through the round

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of Hao-tong Li, a quiet start on the front nine, birdies on the eighth

:29:25.:29:27.

and ninth and eventually but when he got in trouble on the tenth, he was

:29:28.:29:33.

able to save par, playing in his first Open Championship, the sun was

:29:34.:29:36.

still shining and the wind was not blowing too hard and Hao-tong Li

:29:37.:29:40.

could take advantage. On the 12th, the par-3, after saving par on the

:29:41.:29:45.

tenth, a birdie two. His third birdie of the day. He was moving in

:29:46.:29:49.

the right direction but what a finish. First, on the 15th, a birdie

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four. At the next, one of the more difficult on the course, and

:30:01.:30:04.

Hao-tong Li rolled it straight in the middle, birdie number five. At

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the 17th, the par-5, it has brought plenty of birdies and he was just on

:30:15.:30:18.

the front edge in two and overall the undulations, so close to the

:30:19.:30:23.

eagle, near dead to the hole but that would drop for another birdie.

:30:24.:30:28.

This was an outstanding finish, the final hole, and his second to the

:30:29.:30:30.

last. That would match Branden Grace's 62

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of yesterday but Randall 69, 73, 69 and this closing 63, Stenson shot 63

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last year to win so don't rule out Hao-tong Li winning with that 63.

:30:52.:30:53.

Astonishing round of golf. And hanging around, playing around

:30:54.:31:05.

with his coach in the background there, there may yell -- may will

:31:06.:31:14.

yet be a play-off for Haotong Li. The leader, the leader of the Open

:31:15.:31:18.

Championship with five holes to go, Matt Butcher. -- Matt Kuchar. That

:31:19.:31:34.

is safe. That is quite heavy swearing for Matt Kuchar. I

:31:35.:31:38.

apologise for the language from Matt Kuchar. Sarah, can he really group.

:31:39.:31:49.

-- Jordan Spieth. Too many bad shots today.

:31:50.:31:56.

He certainly cannot! Absolutely beautiful. This is a crazy round of

:31:57.:32:06.

golf from Jordan Spieth, it is just extraordinary. To save par, Koepka.

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You fancy that that is that for Brooks Koepka, the US Open champion,

:32:23.:32:31.

3-under par. There they are, Kuchar and Spieth. This is

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different, it is no less enthralling for all of that. Kuchar, long putt

:32:47.:32:56.

for a two. You're absolutely right. That is exactly it. Can he is bring

:32:57.:33:05.

a surprise? A good putt from distance for Matt Kuchar.

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Then it goes and that is good enough at the moment, but Spieth with a

:33:18.:33:37.

very short birdie putt to come. Down in the amphitheatre, the 14th,

:33:38.:33:44.

Spieth,... Do think he will hole it? He is good from this distance. He is

:33:45.:33:51.

good from every distance. And there it is. A two on the 14th to follow

:33:52.:33:59.

that remarkable 13 and the adrenaline is coursing through his

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veins, he has covered those two holes, that is all he has to think

:34:05.:34:11.

about, four holes remaining. Well, Rafa Cabrera-bello's second shot

:34:12.:34:17.

seems incredible, but we will go with that. He has got a good strike

:34:18.:34:25.

on that. Sailing towards the green, what a good shot.

:34:26.:34:37.

The defending champion, the defence nearly over. A birdie on the 17th.

:34:38.:34:45.

Henrik Stenson moves into the top ten, 3-under for his back nine.

:34:46.:34:53.

Second shot to 15 for Matt Kuchar. Wind off the right, slightly into 11

:34:54.:35:03.

mph on the graphic, cut it up into the wind, has he got the power to

:35:04.:35:08.

get there? He has, but he has dragged it into the bunker on the

:35:09.:35:16.

left of the green. When it gets to the stage of the last round of the

:35:17.:35:21.

Open you are playing on instinct, there it is Jordan Spieth, will his

:35:22.:35:26.

instinct they as good as that tee shot on the last? Another one that

:35:27.:35:36.

looks a little bit loose. Scratch the edge of the bunker, finds the

:35:37.:35:42.

green, good position now, he has eagled this hole and he has two

:35:43.:35:46.

putts for another birdie and Spieth is back on track. Birdie putt for

:35:47.:35:58.

Carbrea-Bello, this is to move... It does not happen. Of 68 for

:35:59.:36:05.

Carbrera-Bello, tied for fourth place with Rory McIlroy and a great

:36:06.:36:12.

week of golf. 275. Wonderful play. Superb golf course. It is a long way

:36:13.:36:21.

back to the pen-macro for Kuchar and it is lying well on the sand.

:36:22.:36:34.

-- pin. Good contact, and knife should forward as well, that helped

:36:35.:36:41.

and that is for his birdie, over to you, Jordan. Just sign it Open

:36:42.:36:56.

champion, perhaps. The pin is on 25 so this putt must be a good 60 plus

:36:57.:37:03.

feet for Jordan Spieth for a goal. This looks good. He has holed it.

:37:04.:37:13.

Eagle three. Look at that! What a comeback! If it is to be an Open

:37:14.:37:19.

Championship winning round, it is one of the most remarkable to do so.

:37:20.:37:24.

Extraordinary, at the 13th he was down and out, birdie on the 14th,

:37:25.:37:30.

eagle on the 15th... And now Kuchar, how can he respond? Via resistible

:37:31.:37:42.

force of Jordan Spieth. Look at this one,. Measure perfectly. Started

:37:43.:37:51.

with three bogeys today. The 13th he was down and out over on the

:37:52.:37:55.

practice ground and look at him now. Kuchar, in it goes. Some intense

:37:56.:38:04.

contact. Suddenly it is a great showdown, Spieth and Kuchar, heading

:38:05.:38:08.

to the 16, three holes to go, one between them and it is surely now

:38:09.:38:14.

down to these two. What defends it has been from Henrik Stenson. It is

:38:15.:38:19.

not going to be quite enough to hold on the Claret Jug but the man who

:38:20.:38:24.

thrilled everyone except for Phil Mickelson at Troon last year has put

:38:25.:38:28.

up a very stout defence of his Claret Jug. Koepka, from below the

:38:29.:38:38.

green at the 17th. This is a wiggly one, up and over, long, round, up

:38:39.:38:46.

and down, that is very well judge. Birdie for Koepka and he is four

:38:47.:38:52.

under. The 16th fairway and Kuchar is one behind. Pinned type II that

:38:53.:39:04.

right-hand side. Stay there, gone back down, not too far, but that is

:39:05.:39:14.

an awkward one. Now, from the rough, the leader.

:39:15.:39:20.

He has got that John Tina is back again. He was looking almost a

:39:21.:39:28.

callow youth a couple of hours ago, now he is back into his stride, for

:39:29.:39:39.

the moment. One year ago, it was the winning putt in the final green for

:39:40.:39:46.

Henrik Stenson. And it has been a good defence. Three bogeys in the

:39:47.:39:54.

front nine, three bogeys on the back, finished just outside the top

:39:55.:39:58.

ten and the Claret Jug will go to someone else. With the trust of

:39:59.:40:06.

putter, this has done well for him this week. Uphill. All the way, it

:40:07.:40:11.

flattens out of bit. Good pace. There is Wayne Rooney, look at him

:40:12.:40:30.

on the left. He has warned Everton pyjamas ever since he left. Spieth

:40:31.:40:42.

for a three. Running well. Well, what an amazing run! Birdie, eagle,

:40:43.:40:50.

birdie. The magic returns to the fingers of the young man. I have

:40:51.:40:55.

never seen it quite like that before. In moments of despair,

:40:56.:41:01.

suddenly he has risen like Lazarus. He was on the ropes three holes ago,

:41:02.:41:06.

but he has laptop, killer blows now for Kuchar. You have got to get this

:41:07.:41:09.

in! Well done. Well done, I don't know

:41:10.:41:24.

what you can say about that, two holes to go, much can happen. You

:41:25.:41:28.

talk about body blows, my goodness me! What a run of holes it has been

:41:29.:41:35.

for Jordan Spieth, he now has a two shot lead over Matt Kuchar, had

:41:36.:41:41.

suddenly with 12 shots back, his 63 means he will finish third at worst

:41:42.:41:46.

and Rory McIlroy, and up-and-down Championship but EN said on 5-under

:41:47.:41:50.

par but for Jordan Spieth, what a last four holes it has been. Perhaps

:41:51.:41:57.

the most extraordinary hour of golf from any player in contention in the

:41:58.:42:02.

final round of a major, this was the 13th, simply a mad hole. I tee shot,

:42:03.:42:10.

miles to the right. Head in hands. Already asking for another ball. So

:42:11.:42:15.

far right, it was not found for a long time. He was asking, is it out

:42:16.:42:21.

of bounds over there, down towards the practice ground. Found the ball

:42:22.:42:26.

eventually and then found an age climbing up and down the mountain,

:42:27.:42:29.

to get a line and a ruling and eventually went all the way back

:42:30.:42:33.

onto the practice ground, dropped the team that trucks and then with a

:42:34.:42:41.

long iron escaped. Close to the green and went up and down to drop

:42:42.:42:48.

just one shot. Kuchar then lead at that point. Was he shaken by that,

:42:49.:42:52.

Jordan Spieth? Look at the tee shot on the 14th. The powdered three.

:42:53.:43:04.

Very nearly a hole-in-one. Recovered in two blows by Jordan Spieth. One

:43:05.:43:09.

of those shots back and then the 15th. Eagle putt. Go and get that,

:43:10.:43:20.

he said to his caddy. The eagle lifted him clear again. Go and get

:43:21.:43:28.

that ball. That magical ball. Onto the 16, powdered four. This time

:43:29.:43:31.

Kuchar must have been really pin high. And another birdie. An escaped

:43:32.:43:42.

bogey on the 13th, eagle on the 15, birdie on the 16th and the Claret

:43:43.:43:46.

Jug is very nearly his, but it is not over yet. Kuchar into the very

:43:47.:43:55.

thick rough on the left-hand side with his tee shot, got it up to

:43:56.:44:08.

here. Needs to attack. Two behind at the moment, that is for a birdie.

:44:09.:44:18.

Spieth's third shot, rough on the right, has to get it up the ridge,

:44:19.:44:26.

one bounce and up she goes. What a play! He has come alive after all

:44:27.:44:34.

that larking about at the 13th. It caused a lot of controversy, of that

:44:35.:44:41.

I am certain. Well, well. I think now it is time to leave. I think he

:44:42.:44:45.

knows, but he will still be around for the presentation ceremony.

:44:46.:44:52.

Coming down to crunch time for Kuchar, can he hole this down the

:44:53.:44:57.

slope? Dives at the end. And it has dived into the hole! It has dived

:44:58.:45:03.

into the hole and he gets within one. Well done, Kuchar! Brilliant

:45:04.:45:14.

stuff. Downhill, Peter, Little bit from left to right. Feet are

:45:15.:45:21.

important as well. If he putts it straight, it will go right and miss.

:45:22.:45:37.

Firm and true, confident. A massive difference. Rory McIlroy scored 67

:45:38.:45:42.

and he is with Richie. Did you sense at all that you are going to get

:45:43.:45:47.

close? I did. It is tough out there, I a lot tougher today than

:45:48.:45:52.

yesterday. The back nine is playing tough and I knew if I could just

:45:53.:45:56.

beat the scorer of Haotong Li and if I could get to seven, I thought I

:45:57.:46:02.

would have a chance. I have lost the ball on 15th and that stop me in my

:46:03.:46:07.

tracks. Yes, good day, played well. A step in the right direction

:46:08.:46:13.

compare to the last few weeks. I am getting there. Spieth at the 18,

:46:14.:46:19.

leader by two. He has found very few fairways today. He is all right, but

:46:20.:46:29.

he missed another fairway. Kuchar must feel hard done by, because he

:46:30.:46:35.

has played better than Spieth. When Spieth went off the fairway, he has

:46:36.:46:40.

been very lucky. Now, Kuchar. Two behind.

:46:41.:46:53.

Go! Go! It may be clumpy. Great crowds here this week. This has

:46:54.:47:07.

probably been as large an Open Championship as I have been to.

:47:08.:47:11.

Everyone is enormous now, the crowds have turned out and the whole thing

:47:12.:47:15.

has been very spectacular. Look at that. It has got to be taken down as

:47:16.:47:17.

well. 220 yards. Not a bad light, long

:47:18.:47:35.

iron. Needs to be straight on the big window in the middle. Through

:47:36.:47:39.

the gap, between the bunkers. Can he do it? That is the green, right?

:47:40.:47:50.

Dead on, Buddy! Very good shot indeed. Kuchar, two strokes behind.

:47:51.:48:00.

He has to make a birdie, to have any sort of a chance, he has a good

:48:01.:48:05.

angle. Spieth on the front of the green. He had to jump a little. It

:48:06.:48:21.

plummeted in. Could be unlucky, it could be plugged. Great ovation. For

:48:22.:48:31.

the young star from America and also for Kuchar, a great Championship. In

:48:32.:48:43.

many ways, it has been different. Matt Kuchar who has played his part

:48:44.:48:48.

in this and Rickie Fowler looks on. Oh, look at this. It has not been

:48:49.:48:56.

his day. He once some of those telescopic legs. If he gets this

:48:57.:49:00.

out, it will be a small miracle and he really needs to hole it, so he

:49:01.:49:16.

will take a chance. Well done! Oh, to take it down, Bindi legs, flick

:49:17.:49:22.

it out. A huge amount of luck involved. That is about as good as

:49:23.:49:28.

he could do, really. Spieth with the vast luxury of having a few putts to

:49:29.:49:36.

be champion. I think he has wrote it up very close.

:49:37.:49:49.

He has got a masters and a US Open and now he has the Open

:49:50.:49:53.

Championship. Kuchar, can he save his par for an

:49:54.:50:11.

mighty roar? Terrific effort. Getting round in 68.

:50:12.:50:25.

The final shot of the Championship. And in she goes. Spieth, young

:50:26.:50:36.

Master Spieth is the champion at Royal Birkdale. Some great stuff.

:50:37.:50:43.

Interesting, controversial, magical, what a week.

:50:44.:51:02.

Joined the great Jack Nicklaus with three grand slams before the age of

:51:03.:51:08.

24. Well done, fantastic stuff. Great

:51:09.:51:15.

stuff. Lots of hugs along the way and why

:51:16.:51:29.

not? He has played some great stuff. The recoveries have been amazing.

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There is confirmation. Jordan Spieth is the champion golfer of the year,

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12-under par, he takes it by three from fellow countrymen Matt Kuchar

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about what an Open debut for Haotong Li, final day 63 in just behind him,

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Rory McIlroy, I bit up and down for the Northern Irishman but he

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finishes 5-under par. It did not quite turn into the head-to-head

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masterclass of 12 months ago but it was a battle between two friends,

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two Ryder Cup team-mates, making the presentation now. Ladies and

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gentlemen, the leading amateur and winner of the Silver Medal, Alfie

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plot. He had great support around the chorus, grey wig for him as well

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and I'm sure he will remember this for a very time. -- a great week for

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him. He finished 6-over par and played some wonderful golf. European

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amateur champion. I think you will be a hot favourite for the Walker

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cup. His girlfriend cannot believe it. The runner-up and winner of the

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Silver Salvo, Matt Kuchar. They have loved him around the links of

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Birkdale, the crowds here and he said afterwards that it hurts and it

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must do because it looked for a moment that he could be heading for

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a first major. He did everything right. He must've thought maybe it

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was his turn. He has been a wonderful player for many years. The

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cries of his name around the course have been there always, he can count

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himself a little unlucky. He gets the Silver salvo but it is not quite

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like the real thing. And with a score of 268, the winner

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of the Gold Medal and the champion golfer of the year, Jordan Spieth!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. He led from the start and he showed such

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incredible resilience over those last five holes today. It was

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amazing, he was a bit like an heavyweight boxer who had hit the

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canvas and you think he is out but he came up battling. Those last five

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holes were something special. I do not know how he turned it around but

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there was real mental fortitude and he is a classy champion golfer.

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Brilliant stuff and congratulations to him. A short time ago, I grabbed

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a few words with the Open champion. Jordan, clutching the Claret Jug,

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huge congratulations, it was eventful out there, how do you

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describe it? It was. I told Michael after was, I said 17 pars and a

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birdie would have worked as well but he said, I enjoyed that path better.

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What a tremendous five holes. There was one route and you had to put

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your foot on the gas pedal and 14 got me back into it and I knew I had

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the momentum and we were tied and I felt I had an advantage at that

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point and that was all I needed because I did not think that way the

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whole day. But for those last five holes, there was the 13th, the tee

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shot, describe what you were thinking as you were walking up to

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find your ball. Well, they said they had found it or else I would have

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hit another one but then they found the wrong ball, I was told it hit a

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guy in the head and went over the other side and once I saw it, I knew

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I could not hit it back far enough to get it into Blake and I was

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trying to look at unplayable options. I credit myself for having

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hit the ball in some pretty unique places in my short career so far to

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recognise to take my time and sit there and say, I might have an

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advantage going here instead of re-teeing and I was able to make a

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five out of it and without that, I make a six or seven and it is very

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well over. It seemed to be a huge turning point, had you turn that

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into what you were then able to produce over the last five holes? I

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stood on the next tee, extremely nervous as I was all day and thought

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I had a good number or I could hit a nice smooth swing, when you're so

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nervous you hit the ball so far and I thought I could smooth it and hold

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it in the wind and it was a laser out there. It almost rolled past.

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When that one went in, that was huge. When we bought off the 13th

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green, Michael said we had the momentum, I know it was an odd way

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to do it but we have the momentum even though we were one down. I know

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you will want to enjoy this verse, but it is number three on the route

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to a Grand Slam, how much does intensity build now? A bit. It adds

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a headline to it. For me, the game plan is a week of rest, my birthday

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is next week, I have got a trip planned with my dad and brother to

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go fishing and then I have the PGA. We will go through a similar process

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that I did before this, I went on vacation and I got ready the week

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before and came here. Enjoy the win and the birthday, you're the

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champion golfer of the year, congratulations. A great champion,

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but it has been a great week. Everything has been marvellous, I

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don't know how he got that boost of confidence at the 13th when he took

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a bogey when he could have taken a six or seven. From there, he could

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not be stopped, it was a brilliant performance. Also this week, the

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chorus has been perfect and the weather has given variation for the

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players, the crowds have supported well, it has been a fantastic week

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of golf and we have had a really deserved champion. We have indeed,

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it has been a pleasure sharing it with you but there is a lot more

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sport to camp on the BBC. From tomorrow, the world swimming

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Championships live from Budapest. Our next golf on the BBC, the

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British Open, highlights of all four days starting on Thursday, the 3rd

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of August at five o'clock. But there is more live golf to come on the

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BBC. It will be very exciting to see if

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Jordan Spieth can make it a Grand Slam in the Majors and it will be

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live on the BBC, but tonight, he will enjoy his third major victory,

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his first at the Open Championship, it was a crazy final day here at

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Royal Birkdale but the 23-year-old from Texas held the lead and his

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nerve to be crowned champion golfer of the year. Goodbye.

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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.