British Open: Final Round

Jordan Spieth is within touching distance of a third major title. Can he close it out?

Ruaidhrí Croke Sun, Jul 23
 
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  • 12:47

    Hello, good afternoon and welcome to the final day at the Open Championship! It's a fine sunny day at Birkdale - much like the conditions yesterday - and early scores look to suggest pleny of birdie opportunities. I'm Ruaidhrí Croke and I'll be with you for the afternoon as the battle for the claret jug intensifies before a Champion Golfer of the Year is eventually crowned. You can get involved by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog or you can get me on Twitter @Ruaidhri_Croke.

    LEADING SCORES

    -11: Spieth

    -8: Kuchar

    -5: Connelly, Koepka

    -4: Grace, Matsuyama

    -3: D Johnson, Stenson, Kim, Cabrera-Bello

    -2: Fisher, McIlroy, Poulter, Ramsay

    -1: Fowler, Noren, Bland, Wood (5), Leishman (3), Casey (1)

    FOURTH ROUND TEE TIMES

    7.55 am:  Danny Willett
    8.05 am:  Sung-hoon Kang, Aaron Baddeley
    8.15 am:  Thorbjorn Olesen, Sean O’Hair
    8.25 am:  Russell Henley, Kevin Kisner
    8.35 am:  Bernd Wiesberger, Charl Schwartzel
    8.45 am:  Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Webb Simpson
    8.55 am:  Kent Bulle, Laurie Canter
    9.05 am:  Soren Kjeldsen, J.B. Holmes
    9.15 am:  Martin Kaymer, Jimmy Walker
    9.25 am:  Daniel Berger, Xander Schauffele
    9.40 am:  James Hahn, Joe Dean
    9.50 am:  Toby Tree, Andy Sullivan
    10 am:  Lee Westwood, Younghan Song
    10.10 am:  Justin Rose, Gary Woodland
    10.20 am:  Yikeun Chang, Adam Scott
    10.30 am:  Jon Rahm, Andrew Dodt
    10.40 am:  K.T. Kim, Peter Uihlein
    10.50 am:  Alfie Plant (a), Brandon Stone
    11 am:  Charley Hoffman, Zach Johnson
    11.10 am:  Thomas Pieters, Bubba Watson
    11.25 am:  Ernie Els, Li Haotong
    11.35 am:  Steve Stricker, Kevin Na
    11.45 am:  Chris Wood, Thongchai Jaidee
    11.55 am:  Matthew Southgate, David Drysdale
    12.05 pm:  Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood
    12.15 pm:  Jamie Lovemark, Joost Luiten
    12.25 pm:  Sergio Garcia, Matthew Fitzpatrick
    12.35 pm:  Andrew Johnston, Paul Casey
    12.45 pm:  Tony Finau, Jason Dufner
    12.55 pm:  Jason Day, Scott Hend
    1.10 pm:  Shaun Norris, Richard Bland
    1.20 pm:  Alex Noren, Rickie Fowler
    1.30 pm:  Ian Poulter, Richie Ramsay
    1.40 pm:  Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher
    1.50 pm:  Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Chan Kim
    2 pm:  Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson
    2.10 pm:  Hideki Matsuyama, Branden Grace
    2.20 pm:  Brooks Koepka, Austin Connelly
    2.30 pm:  Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth

  • 13:02

    So, are we all expecting a Jordan Spieth procession around Birkdale today? It's hard to see otherwise after two 65s and a 69 over the first three days. A big turning point could prove to be the final hole yesterday evening when he sank a 12 foot birdie putt and Matt Kuchar missed his to create a three shot lead where it could have been one if Spieth had missed and Kuchar made. But that's what the Texan does so well - when anyone gets in any way close he just pulls away again. It's hard to come to terms with the fact that, at 23 years of age, he is on the verge of winning a third major and putting himself just a USPGA Championship away from a career grand slam. In this sort of form you wouldn't bet against him completing it at Quail Hollow next month and becoming the youngest man ever to do so. Six times Spieth has taken a 54-hole lead into the final round of a tournament and only once has he failed to convert it into a win. That one occasion? The Masters at Augusta in 2016. And we all know what happened there. Luckily for Spieth, there's no water in play at Birkdale.

    And what of the chasing pack? Well, Matt Kuchar is still major-less but seems to feature towards the top of the leaderboard more times than not. With almost 100 top-10 finishes in his career he's been a walking ATM for a number of years but struggles sometimes to get over the line. At three shots behind Spieth he's going to need a fast start to put the pressure on early. Not that Spieth seems to feel pressure, it seems.

    Three further back of Kuchar, and six behind Spieth are US Open champion Brooks Koepka and 20-year-old Canadian sensation Austin Connelly. After qualifying via a five man playoff at Royal Cinque Ports, he is in seriously uncharted territory here and a long way from the Challenge Tour where he usually plies his trade. A top five finish today would mean the biggest paycheck of his career by a long, long way, but also a spot in next year's Masters.

    With world number one Dustin Johnson, world number two Hideki Matsuyama and defending champion Henrik Stenson among the chasing pack there's plenty of muscle to put pressure on Spieth but are they just too far behind? Very possibly.

    Almost certainly too far back is Rory McIlroy. The four-time major winner had a putt for eagle on the fifth hole yesterday to tie the lead. After missing and the losing momentum with back-to-back bogeys and a double bogey around the turn his momentum was killed and he goes into today nine shots behind Spieth. Bar some miracle low scoring record today he won't be adding a second claret jug to his collection but there are many positives for McIlroy to take from this week - particularly with the USPGA coming up at Quail Hollow next month. With two wins and the scoring record of 61 at the North Carolina course he'll be very confident of picking up a first major title in three years after what's been nothing short of a disastrous year so far.

  • 13:16
  • 13:25

    We have a number of players making early moves into the top 15 and it's become a bit of a logjam at -1. No one out on course has managed to get past that mark so far but Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Joost Luiten, Marc Leishman, Matthew Southgate, Haotong Li and Zach Johnson are all at the -1 mark early in their rounds.

    Meanwhile, Xander Schauffele has carded a 65 and is in the clubhouse at -1. Meanwhile, the round of the day so far has come from Aaron Baddeley who has carded a 64 to finish at +1 for the tournament.

    If you're wondering about the fortunes of any particular player you can get in touch by using the 'Contact Us' button at the top of the blog and I'll fill you in.

  • 13:32
    We have a man at -2! Marc Leishman found the bunker in two at the par four seventh but that was no problem for the Australian. He flipped his shot out, a couple of bounces, a little bit of check and it rolled right into the middle of the cup!
  • 13:39

    Rickie Fowler, decked out in his traditional Sunday orange and white ensemble, has started his round with a par at the first. He remains -1 for the tournament and is most likely just hoping to secure a top-10 finish at this stage.

    In the group behind them Ian Poulter has speared a gorgeous iron shot into the middle of the green where it rolled to about 10 feet past the pin and leaves him with a great chance for an opening birdie. Also with a great chance for an opening three is playing partner Richie Ramsay after his approach got a fortunate kick off the back of the bunker and ran on.

    Over at the 13th Zach Johnson has knocked in a long birdie putt at the 13th to get to -4 for the day and up to -2 for the tournament, tied 11th.

    Back on the first tee Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher are ready to get underway.

  • 13:50

    McIlroy launches a long drive down the left of the first fairway where it sits up in the first cut. From there, with a good angle to attack the pin, he pushes his approach right and long where it finishes on the back fringe. leaving a tough up and down.

    Fisher's tee shot found the long rough on the right. After punching from there up the fairway he's wedged it to 12 feet and has that for par.

    In the group ahead Ramsay converted his birdie putt to make the perfect start and get to -3. Poulter's effort missed right and he remains at -2.

  • 13:55

    It's a great save for McIlroy at the first after his pitch came up about six feet short. From there his par putt drops right in the middle and he remains -2.

    Now one behind him is Fisher after he failed to save par at the first despite his best efforts with the 20 footer.  

    Meanwhile, Ramsay has given his birdie at the first straight back at the second after finding bunker trouble at the green.

  • 14:03

    At the first tee Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson are getting their rounds underway.

    Meanwhile, McIlroy has work to do again to save his par at the second. After finding the bunker with his approach he faced a tricky lie with very little green to work with. He's splashed it out to six feet or so and has that to remain -2.

  • 14:07

    He's hanging in there. McIlroy's par putt is straight in the middle and that's two good par saves in two holes. Not the fast start he would have wanted but those two putts will at least give him confidence on the greens.

    Up ahead at the 13th Haotong Li has popped in his third birdie of the day to get to -2 for the tournament and into that tie for 11th.

    Meanwhile, back at the first, Stenson has found the heart of the green in two while Johnson's approach came down well short and clattered into a pot bunker where it looks to have lodged against the lip. Not pleasant for the world number one.

  • 14:17

    History maker Branden Grace has teed off at the first with a slight pull to the left but he's been fortunate. It took a hop, bounced off a spectator's back and ended up in the second cut where it should be fine.

    Matsuyama wasn't so lucky. His tee shot flew straight right thanks to a big block. It looks to have nestled under a bush so he's hit a provisional just in case.

    Up ahead at the green Stenson has successfully two-putted for an opening par while Johnson had a real disaster. After having to play out sideways from the front bunker he then failed to get up and down and wound up with a double bogey six to slip back to -1 and, with that, see his Open Championship chances slip away.

    At the third, McIlroy found the right rough with his tee shot and he's been very unlucky with his approach. It flew high and straight at the pin but came down a yard or two too short and nestled in the front pot bunker. However, he's flipped another lovely shot to a foot and will make a third par in a row. Good scrambling from the 28-year-old but it's birdies he needs, and quick.

  • 14:24

    Ramsay has dropped another shot at the fourth and is now back to -1 alongside Poulter who also bogeyed.

    And they're not the only two to fall away early. In fact, no one as yet has putt any pressure on the leaders or even come close. World number one Dustin Johnson opened with that double while Matsuyama has had a real shocker. His first ball was lost after that shocking tee shot, meaning he was playing four from the fairway. With his fourth he found the front bunker and from there it took him three to get down, winding up with an ugly triple bogey seven to slip back to -1 and most likely out of contention.

    Alongside him, Grace has opened with a solid par to remain -4.

    Two players that are trying to make a move are the two-ball of Fowler and Noren. After stitching his approach to a few inches at the fifth, Fowler tapped in for a birdie to get to -3 while Noren followed him in with a 20 footer to get to the same mark.

    Back at the first tee Koepka and 20-year-old sensation Connelly have got underway with the final two ball of Spieth and Kuchar to come in five minutes.

  • 14:27
  • 14:29

    Haotong Li is the biggest mover so far and is now up to tied-sixth at -3. That's after he took full advantage of the par five 15th to card a birdie and move to -4 for the day.

    However, there's no birdie for McIlroy at the fourth. After a good four iron approach to the green his 20 foot putt slid right and missed, leaving him at -2.

    And back on the first tee it's time for Spieth and Kuchar.

  • 14:29
  • 14:33

    Kuchar, with driver in hand, cranks one down the right of the fairway where it scuttles into the first cut but leaves him with a perfect angle for his approach.

    Spieth takes three wood and pulls it slightly left where it's got a very unlucky kick down into the long rough. He'll also be standing way above the ball. That's going to be very very tough. Was that nerves we saw from young Mr Spieth?

    Up at the green Connelly failed to get up and down from the front bunker to save par while Koepka also failed to get up and down from the right fringe. A lot of the nearest challengers are already falling away and there's now four shots between Kuchar and the pack and a huge seven between Spieth and those chasinf. Two hose race?

  • 14:36

    At the sixth Noren has found another birdie and is now up to -3. He and Li are the only two really making moves but they're probably too far back.

    -11: Spieth

    -8: Kuchar

    -4: Connelly (1), Koepka (1), Grace (1)

    -3: Noren (6), Cabrera-Bello (3), Stenson (2), Li (15)

    -2: McIlroy (4), Poulter (5), Leishman (12), Fowler (6), Kim (3)

  • 14:39

    From that atrocious lie at the first Spieth's club gets tangled in the heavy grass on the way down and hooks left into the gallery. It seems to be lying okay but that's going to be an exceptionally tough up-and-down to save par. This was never going to be easy for Spieth - winning an Open never is - and he's already struggling a tad. A good pitch from there leaves him with 12 feet for par. That's huge.

    From the centre of the fairway Kuchar's ball flew into the right of the green and stopped to leave him with a 25 footer for birdie.

  • 14:43

    After anothr good drive at the fifth it's another poor approach for McIlroy, despite only being a three quarter wedge shot. It leaves him with 20 feet for birdie which he can't hole. That's a fifth par in a row and he remains -2.

    Back to the first we go and Kuchar. From across the green he lags a good putt up to three feet or so and makes his par.

    Now the pressure is on Spieth. Can he make a vital opening par and maintain a three shot lead but also give himself huge momentum after struggling off the tee?

    No he cannot. His putt slides right and misses.

    The lead is now just two and McIlroy is into the top 10.

    -10: Spieth (1)

    -8: Kuchar (1)

    -4: Connelly (1), Koepka (1), Grace (1), Li (16)

    -3: Noren (6), Cabrera-Bello (3)

    -2: Z Johnson (17), Kim (4), Stenson (3), McIlroy (5), Poulter (5), Leishman (12), Fowler (7), Kim (3), Southgate (14)

  • 14:44

    As you can see from the leaderboard there, Li's exceptional round is showing no signs of stopping. At the 16th he's made it two birdies in a row to get to -5 for the day and -4 for the tournament.

    And the breeze is really stiffening now. This is not easy and it's not going to be easy for Spieth. However, he has found the fairway with a good tee shot at the second while Kuchar is down the right in the first cut.

  • 14:45
  • 14:46

    World number one Dustin Johnson has followed his double at the first with a bogey at the second and is now back to level par. Atrocious start for the 2016 US Open champion and another potential challenger has fallen away.

    Where are the challengers going to come from? Will we possibly have another two-man shootout like at Troon last year? If it's even half as good as that then we're in for a treat.

  • 14:52

    Matt Kuchar!

    Straight away he's putting the pressure on Spieth. From the first cut on the right Kuchar flies a beautiful wedge shot in to a matter of inches on the second, leaving a kick-in birdie.

    Spieth needs to answer back and he does. He send a gorgeous high fade in which lands and spins back to six feet.

    Two birdies there and these players will have really separated themselves already.

  • 14:53
    Over to McIlroy at the sixth. From 170 yards or so in the middle of the fairway he send a gorgeous high draw in to 10 feet past the pin. He needs to make that if he's to have any chance at all of challenging.
  • 14:57

    Jordan Spieth's lead is cut to one.

    First up to putt the Texan aims left edge but it stays left edge and misses. That's only a par for Spieth while Kuchar simply taps in his birdie putt and now sits just one behind his playing partner. How quickly things change.

    Over at the sixth there's no birdie again for McIlroy as his putt misses. He remains -2 and eight behind.

    Finally, at the eighth it's a bogey for Fowler and he slips back to -1 while Johnson has secured a par at the last to cap off an excellent closing 66. Bar a 75 on the opening day he'd be right up there challenging for a second claret jug.

    -10: Spieth (2)

    -9: Kuchar (2)

    -4: Connelly (3), Koepka (3), Grace (3), Li (16)

    -3: Noren (8), Cabrera-Bello (5)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Stenson (4), McIlroy (6), Poulter (7), Leishman (14), Kim (5), Southgate (14)

  • 15:03

    Spieth is really, really rattled and is struggling to settle at all while Kuchar is full of momentum.

    Again Spieth misses the fairway at the third and catches a flyer from the heavy rough with his second. His ball sails over the green and finishes on the back fringe, leaving a long pitch back to the front pin.

    Meanwhile, Kuchar - from the middle of the fairway - takes dead aim at the pin but it comes up a yard short, catches a mound and rolls all the way back into a devilish little pot bunker. However it does look to be sitting nicely.

    Up at the par three seventh McIlroy again found the green but again watches his 20 foot birdie putt slide by the right edge. That's seven straight pars and a number of chances missed once again.

  • 15:07

    Haotong Li is intent on posting the clubhouse lead! After finding the green in two at the par five 17th he lagged it up to a few feet and tapped in for a third birdie in a row. He's now -6 for the day, up to -5 for the championship and third on his own.


    The only man behind him making any sort of move is Noren who has made another birdie at the ninth - his third of the day - to get up to -4. He's still six back but he's got that crucial momentum and nine holes still to play.


    Over at the fourth it's pars apiece for Connelly and Koepka and both remain +1 for the day and -4 for the championship.

  • 15:11

    Well, well, well, what drama we have here!

    Kuchar's bunker shot was about as well as he could do, getting it up to six feet. However his putt turned left and missed, giving that birdie at the second straight back.

    Spieth, who lagged his birdie putt down to four feet, has a chance to get his two shot lead back but he misses! Jordan Spieth has missed from inside five feet. That's a shocker from the Texan and he's now +2 after three holes and back to -9.

    -9: Spieth (3)

    -8: Kuchar (3)

    -5: Li (17)

    -4: Connelly (4), Koepka (4), Grace (4), Noren (9)

    -3: Southgate (15), Cabrera-Bello (6)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Stenson (5), McIlroy (7), Leishman (14), Kim (6), Fowler (9)

  • 15:14

    Up to the eighth and McIlroy. How he would have liked a quick start similar to yesterday. He'd be right in it if he had done so! Unfortunately it's been seven pars in a row but he's not out of it quite yet. From the middle of the fairway he's knocked a wedge in to eight feet. That's for a first birdie of the day and to get to within six of Spieth.

    Grace, with a golden opportunity for birdie from five feet at the fifth, pulls his put left and it lips out! He remains at -4 and five behind.

  • 15:15

    Well, Haotong Li is the man of the moment so far!

    After a piercing drive at the 18th he knocked his apporach in to three feet, went up and poured in the putt no problem at all to finish with four birdies in a row for a 63 and post -6! Does he have a chance? Most likely not but you just never know. What a round that is.

    Back at the eighth there's no birdie once again for McIlroy as his putt stays right and misses. He's getting more and more frustrated now as the putts refuse to drop.

  • 15:18

    It's hard to see Kuchar and Spieth both coming back to Li's -6 but you just never know in this game.

    At the fourth both have work to do for their pars. Kuchar found the bunker with his tee shot at the par three but has played a lovely high checking shot up to three feet. Spieth, with at least 60 feet, has left himself with another four footer to save par after a pretty poor putt. That's the length he missed at the last ...

  • 15:22

    And he's missed again!

    This is truly incredible. Spieth was absolutely rock solid for the first three days but, within the first four holes, he's thrown away a four shot lead.

    He's now tied with Kuchar after he calmly rolled in his par putt to remain at -8.

    Over at the fifth Connelly has dropped another shot to slip back to -3 while Koepka remains at -4 after a great up and down from the bunker.

    -8: Spieth (4), Kuchar (4)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: Koepka (5), Grace (5), Noren (10)

    -3: Southgate (15), Cabrera-Bello (7), Leishman (15), Connelly (5)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), McIlroy (8), Kim (7)

  • 15:24

    This tournament is now suddenly as open as it has been since halfway through yesterday or even before that.

    With the breeze getting up as well there's still a chance for the chasing pack if they can post a score.

    Could one of those be McIlroy? Well you just never know. At the ninth he's flown a gorgeous approach from 144 yards straight over the pin, spinning it back to six feet. If he's to make a run you have to think that that must go in.

  • 15:24
  • 15:26

    An excellent point there.

    And Spieth has just shown that at the fifth. After a perfect tee shot down the left he's flighted a lovely approach in to six feet. He seems nervy enough on the greens today but if he can roll that in for a birdie it will help big time.

    Kuchar's effort from 106 yards gets caught up in the breeze and comes down 20 feet or so away. Spieth could have his lead right back by the end of this hole.

  • 15:28

    After that birdie at the ninth Fowler has given it straight back once again with a bogey at the 10th. He's back to -1 and tied-14th.

    But now up to tied-sixth at -3 is Rory McIlroy! After that gorgeous approach into the ninth he's finally found the hole with his birdie putt and is now just five shots back. Could he?

  • 15:29

    Cabrera-Bello is looking to mount a charge, starting at the eighth. After a lovely approach to five feet he's rolled it in and is now -4. Could the Scottish Open champion make it back-to-back?

    Over to Spieth for the birdie at the fifth ...

  • 15:32

    And there it is.

    You can't keep a good putter down for long and you certainly can't keep Jordan Spieth down for long. He rolls his putt for a three right into the middle of the cup and regains a one stroke lead.

    That's after Kuchar's long birdie putt missed left but he successfully tidied up for par.

    -9: Spieth (5)

    -8: Kuchar (5)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: Koepka (6), Cabrera-Bello (8)

    -3: Southgate (16), Leishman (16), McIlroy (9), Noren (11), Grace (6), Connelly (6)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (17), Kim (8)

  • 15:36

    At the 11th Noren has dropped his first shot of the day to slip back to -3.

    Meanwhile, there could be trouble for Spieth at the par four sixth - the toughest hole on the course. With just a three wood from the tee for safety he's hooked it left where it looked destined for the bushes but stopped short after clattering a spectator. Lucky for Spieth, unlucky for the spectator. Thankfully our own Philip Reid managed to stay out of the way of it this time, and not like Friday when he took a whack of a wayward approach from Dustin Johnson.

    Kuchar finds another fairway with his drive but will still face a long approach to this seriously tough green.

  • 15:38

    McIlroy, coming off the birdie on the ninth, smacked another perfect drive down the fairway at the 10th but hasn't made the most of it. His approach flies high and catches in the breeze, finishing at the front of the green 40 feet away.

    In the distance there looks to be some very dark clouds rolling in and the wind is beginning to whip. This is going to get very, very interesting!

  • 15:41

    At the sixth Spieth has had some very, very good fortune. After hitting the gallery with his tee shot - probably ensuring he didn't lose a ball - he found a good lie and squirted a wood up towards the green. It was powering straight for a front bunker, with the pin all the way up the back, but it bounced into the face and shot right, out of the sand. That's hugely fortunate and allows him a much easier chip.

    Kuchar, also from the left rough, launches one towards the green but it misses left and isn't as fortunate as Spieth's as it settles down in the bunker.

  • 15:42

    Up at the 17th Southgate has found another birdie and is now -5 for the day and up to the tie for fourth at -4.


    Back at the 10th McIlroy's long birdie putt is right in the jaws but stops a foot short! He has to settle for another par and remains -3 and tied-sixth. Meanwhile, it's another bogey for Kopeka at the seventh and he really can't seem to get anything going today. he's +2 for the day and -3 for the tournament.

  • 15:47

    Grace, back to -3 after a bogey at the seventh, has given himself a good chance of getting it straight back at the eighth after a good approach from the left rough finished 15 feet from the pin.

    Back to the final group at the sixth. After that very lucky break Spieth checked a gorgeous pitch up to a few feet and rolled it in for a very, very unlikely par after the drive.

    And suddenly he has a two shot lead again. That's after Kuchar's bunker shot stopped up 15 feet short of the pin and his putt came up a foot short. That's poor from Kuchar and he's back to -7.

    -9: Spieth (6)

    -7: Kuchar (6)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: Cabrera-Bello (8), Leishman (17), Southgate (17)

    -3: McIlroy (10), Noren (12), Grace (8), Koepka (7)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Kim (9), Matsuyama (8), Connelly (7)

  • 15:52

    Kuchar bites back at the seventh!

    Spieth, up first at the par three, sends his tee shot into the front left of the green. It's pin high but a good 40 feet away with the flag front right.  

    Kuchar, looking to apply the pressure, does so with a gorgeous high fade in to 12 feet. That's an excellent shot for Kuchar on a very tough hole.

    Up at the 11th McIlroy has given himself another good look at birdie after a lovely wedged approach in to 10 feet. That's to get to -4 and into the tie for fourth!

  • 15:52
  • 15:53

    Already in that tie for fourth is Koepka after a lovely approach to the eighth left him with five feet for birdie which he duly rolled in to get back to -4. That's exactly the momentum starter he desperately needs.

  • 15:54
    What a brilliant finish for irish Open hero Matt Southgate. Two putts at 18 give him a par, a round of 65 and a total of -4, currently tied fourth.
  • 15:55

    Rory McIlroy is within five of the lead!

    He's rolled his birdie putt in at the 11th to get to -2 for the day and join Southgate, Leishman and Cabrera-Bello at -4. Could he actually do this? With two par fives to come in the last four holes he might just at least post a good score.

    He's been joined at -4 by Noren who has birdied the 13th. It's heating up now!

  • 15:58

    Kuchar has a golden chance for birdie at the seventh but he's missed it! It moves left and doesn't come back, keeping him at -7.

    Spieth, needing a par to maintain his two shot lead, does so with aplomb. His first putt was on a perfect line and stopped up two feet short, allowing him to tap in to remain -9.

    -9: Spieth (7)

    -7: Kuchar (7)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: McIlroy (11), Noren (13), Koepka (8), Cabrera-Bello (10), Leishman (17), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Grace (8)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Casey (16), Kim (10), Matsuyama (8), Connelly (8)

  • 16:00
    Peter Byrne Fabulous reporting. Much better than BBC. Writing from Andulacia where I live.
  • 16:02

    Thanks, Peter. I'm sure the weather is a little bit nicer in Andalucia than Birkdale where the wind is getting up and there may be some rain on the way!

    Back out on the course Grace failed to make his birdie at the eighth and has followed it with a par at the ninth. He remains at -3 and six back.

  • 16:06

    Out at the eighth Spieth and Kuchar both launched perfect drives down the fairway.

    Coming in first, from the right to the front left pin, Kuchar's wedge is perfect for distance, spinning up six feet away.

    Spieth is actually too close to the green with his drive, leaving a fiddly half wedge in which he completely overcooks and sends it 30 feet past the pin. His lead could be cut to one here ...

  • 16:08
    Peter Byrne 37c today. We have not seen rain in weeks. Anyway commentary is great. Wish I was there though.
  • 16:08

    At the 12th it's an excellent effort from McIlroy for birdie. After sending his approach long he was faced with 40 feet back down the green and managed to lag it down to a foot. That's a par but it's birdies (or eagles) or nothing for McIlroy now.

    Over at the 11th there's been trouble for Cabrera-Bello after his tee shot found the hazard on the right. From there he took a drop and powered his third shot into the middle of the green, leaving an outside chance of saving par.

  • 16:11

    It's vital for Spieth to get down in two at the eighth and he does so very well.  

    Kuchar, with a chance to cut to gap to one, pushed his putt and it misses right! That's two chances in two holes he's let go now.

    Meanwhile, at the 11th Cabrera-Bello has done well to limit the damage to a bogey five and slip back to -3, six behind.

    -9: Spieth (8)

    -7: Kuchar (8)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: McIlroy (12), Noren (13), Koepka (9), Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Grace (9), Cabrera-Bello (11)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Casey (16), Kim (11), Matsuyama (9)

  • 16:13

    McIlroy's tee shot at the 13th is a shocker but he's gotten away with it somewhat. He caught the ground well behind the ball, chunking it out right but it managed to scuttle past the bunker and, if it's lying okay, he'll still have a decent shot at the green.

    Back at the ninth Spieth has tugged his tee shot left a little bit but it should be okay just in the second cut of rough. Kuchar is on the opposite side in the first cut but with a more difficult angle for his approach.

    Over at the 10th there's been a big roar for Grace. From 35 feet or so he's rolled a birdie putt right into the middle and is now back to -4 alongside Mcilroy and co.

  • 16:18

    Paul Casey is making a late charge into the top 10 and possibly higher. He's birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th to go to -3 for the day and -3 for the tournament alongside Cabrera-Bello.

    But the Spaniard won't be at that mark for much longer! At the par three 12th he's come within inches of making a hole in one! That's a tap in birdie and gets him back to -4 and into that big tie for fourth.

  • 16:20

    Kuchar is making birdie chances but he needs to start taking them. At the ninth he's given himself his best chance yet thanks to a super approach in to eight feet.  

    Spieth is up past the pin and facing 12 feet or so for his birdie after a good approach from the left rough.

    Back at the 13th McIlroy managed to muscle an approach up to the front of the green after that poor tee shot. From there he's lagged it down to a few feet and notched up another par to remain at -4.

  • 16:25

    We have a tie for the lead!

    After missing his birdie putt left and running it four feet past Spieth pulled his par putt left where it lipped out.

    Before that Kuchar calmly rolled in his birdie putt - one had to go in eventually - and the pair are now tied up at the top of the leaderboard with nine holes to play!

    We have a championship on our hands, ladies and gentlemen!

    -8: Kuchar (9), Spieth (9)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: McIlroy (13), Noren (14), Koepka (10), Cabrera-Bello (12), Grace (10) Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Casey (17)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (17), Kim (12), Matsuyama (10)

  • 16:29

    The rain has reached Birkdale.

    And with that Kuchar blocks a tee shot way right at the 10th. In fact, it's gone so far right that it should be okay as it's reached the grass which has been trampled down by the spectators.

    Spieth takes the driver and does the exact opposite, hooking it left into the heavy rough. It all depends on the lie for him now but there's no doubt that this is a massively out of sorts Jordan Spieth.

    Up at the 14th McIlroy had 15 feet for birdie after a good tee shot at the par three but it slides right and misses, leaving him four back at -4. That was an excellent chance that would have really put him in the mix.

  • 16:33

    Noren makes a great par save at the 15th after finding a bunker with his drive and he remains -4 and maybe still in with an outside sniff if he can find a birdie or two and an eagle at the par five 17th.

    Back at the 10th Kuchar takes full advantage of his good lie in the right rough to pump a mid-iron into the left hand portion of the green, leaving 35 feet for birdie.

    Spieth, lucky to get a good lie, also finds the left of the green to leave a similar distance as the rain starts to come down heavier and heavier and the wind begins to stiffen.

    It's the back nine on Sunday at the Open Championship and it's as dramatic as you could ask for!

  • 16:36
    An eagle for McIlroy at the 15th would really get him back into the game but it's looking highly unlikely now. He hooked his drive left where it's come clattering down in the middle of some gorse bushes. It's hard to tell where it is exactly but it doesn't look good.
  • 16:36
  • 16:40

    Kuchar and Spieth both safely get down in two at the 10th to save par and ensure it remains a tie for the lead at -8.

    -8: Kuchar (10), Spieth (10)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: McIlroy (13), Noren (15), Koepka (11), Cabrera-Bello (13), Grace (12) Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Casey (F:67)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (15), Kim (13), Stenson (12), Connelly (11)

  • 16:43

    Over at the 15th McIlroy's chances have come to an end. After finding the gorse with his drive he didn't manage to find his ball and has had to go back to the tee to play his third. That's very unfortunate, he was right back in this if he'd been able to pick up a birdie there.

    It's becoming increasingly like a three horse race with one of the horses - Haotong Li - already in the clubhouse.

    Kuchar and Spieth have both cracked drives down the 11th fairway but will have a long way to go on a long par four straight into the teeth of the wind.

  • 16:45

    Well, maybe we have a four horse race. At the 12th Koepka has found a birdie to get up to -5 and back to level for the day. He's battling after a tough start but may just have the momentum now to go and post a score.

    At the 15th McIlroy needs something special if he's to drop only one shot. His fourth from the left rough has found a pot bunker short of the green and leaves a seriously tough up and down just to make six.

  • 16:46

    Wow, Jordan Spieth.

    After Kuchar pumped a good approach into the heart of the 11th green, leaving about 20 feet for birdie, Spieth has hit an absolute shocker of a shot way left where it clatters into the gallery. That was a massive wide from the co-leader and he'll be doing very very well to even have a chance at par from there.

  • 16:52

    From the bunker at the 15th McIlroy flips a gorgeous shot out to three feet and tidies up for what was, in the end, a good six. But that's him back to -3 now and five behind with just three to play.

    Meanwhile, Koepka has given his birdie straight back and is back into the tie for fourth at -4.

    At the 11th Spieth has got very, very lucky once again. After hitting the gallery he found a peach of a lie. From there he's pitched down to five feet and holed out for what is be a very, very valuable - and fortunate - par.

    Kuchar, from long range for the birdie, sends his putt out right where it's tracking back in on a lovely line but just stays too high!

    As you were, then.

    -8: Kuchar (11), Spieth (11)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: Noren (16), Koepka (12), Cabrera-Bello (14), Grace (13) Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Casey (F:67), McIlroy (15), Connelly (12)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (15), Kim (14), Stenson (13)

  • 16:57

    Spieth and Kuchar both send their tee shots long at the par three 12th - very much a result of the adrenaline that must be coarsing through them now. Both are on the green but a long way away just looking for two-putts and to move on.

    The final two ball have been told to get a move on now as well. They've been slow enough sor far. They're not being timed as of yet but they are being followed by a referee. That's something Spieth is very used to, in fairness.

  • 16:58
  • 17:04

    Well, two poor puts from Spieth and Kuchar there.

    Both left them three or four feet short, putting themselves under unneccesary pressure to save their pars. Kuchar, up first, does so calmly, putting the pressure on Spieth.

    The Texan looks at it from both sides, gets his caddie to have a look, takes all together far too long over a short putt, and knocks it into the middle.

    So, with six holes to play we're still tied.

    Over at the 16th McIlroy was eyeing up his approach as it looked to be drawing in beautifully towards the pin but it catches the right edge of the green and dives into the bunker! So unlucky there for McIlroy. However, he's done well to get up and down to save his par. He needs an eagle at the 17th and a birdie at the last to tie Li's total of -6.

    -8: Kuchar (12), Spieth (12)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -4: Noren (16), Cabrera-Bello (15), Grace (14) Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Casey (F:67), McIlroy (16), Kim (15), Koepka (13)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Stenson (13)

  • 17:06

    Wow, Spieth is in big trouble at the 13th!

    After Kuchar sent one straight down the fairway Spieth has sliced his drive way, way, way right. As in, 80 yards offline sort of right. It's cleared the gallery and bounded into almost hip high fescue. He's had some lucky breaks with wayward shorts today but he can't possibly get lucky there. That's in the absolute lap of the gods.

    Meanwhile, Koepka looks to have killed his chances at the 13th with a bogey to slip back to -3.

  • 17:06
  • 17:11
    Spieth has found his ball where no man has ever gone. This is at least 100 yards offline on the side of a sand dune that resembles a mini Mount Everest. It looks virtually impossible to hit this shot whatsoever - he can barely climb up to where it is! Photograph on the way of Spieth's predicament ...
  • 17:11
  • 17:12

    If you can spot the piece of white paper on the dune, Spieth's ball is a little further down and to the left. He won't be able to see anything apart from sky when he addresses it.

    Out on the fairway Kuchar has opted to play first and correctly so. He's punched a lovely approach in to 12 feet. Talk about putting the pressure on Spieth!

  • 17:14
    This is going to take a while to work out. Spieth's ball is sitting so badly you can barely see it. Sky Sports' Wayne Riley says it's the worst tee shot he's ever seen in professional golf. He's considering taking an unplayable but where does he drop it?
  • 17:16

    RORY MCILROY ALERT!

    He's gone and eagled the 17th!  

    That moves him up to -5 and a birdie at the last would tie the clubhouse lead with Li. With Spieth all over the place on the 13th McIlroy is still in this! The drama is really starting now!

  • 17:20

    Okay, back to Spieth.

    This is unbelievable how far offline he is now. He's taken an unplayable lie and will drop. However, he's so far off line that he's among the equipment trucks at the side of the driving range! Unfortunately even Jordan Spieth can't play a shot from inside an actual truck. So he's now talking to two rules officials trying to work out where he can drop. This is meltdown central. It's quite hard to watch now. Jean van de Velde eat your heart out.

  • 17:20
  • 17:22
    I've never seen anything like this in a professional golf tournament. Spieth still hasn't taken his drop. So much for the final two ball being told to hurry up. By the time he plays everyone else on the course will be finished.
  • 17:24
  • 17:24
    McIlroy needs a birdie at the last to tie Li at -6 and have a chance of a playoff. He's missed the fairway by a long way but, unlike the 15th, should find his ball. If he gets a good lie he still has a chance.
  • 17:27

    Okay, finally Spieth has taken his drop on the driving range. From there he powers a hybrid over the trucks and up the right of the fairway where it settle short of the greenside bunkers. Up and down from there for a five to drop just one shot and he's got away with it big time.

    Kuchar, remember, has about 20 feet for birdie.

  • 17:29
  • 17:31

    Spieth's pitch up and over the bunker, feeding down to the pin is a good one. It settles five feet away. That's for the five of the century ... and it took nearly a century to make it.  

    Up at the 18th McIlroy has to gouge his second out of the long rough and does so well. It bounces up towards the green but takes a horrid kick left and catches a bunker! How unlucky that was. He now needs to hole out from there to tie the clubhouse lead.

  • 17:33

    After that huge wait, Kuchar eventually gets to hit his birdie putt but it slips left and misses.

    Spieth, with five feet for a huge five and stay just one behind Kuchar ... makes it! What a putt, what composure! That's unbelievable stuff.  

    So, Matt Kuchar leads the Open by one shot with five holes to play.

  • 17:33
  • 17:34
    Rory Mc Corley Thanking you for the great coverage. It's great to follow it from Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
  • 17:38

    Over we go to 18 and McIlroy. He needs to hole out from the sand to tie the clubhouse lead. He flips it up and it's tracking towards the hole but stops three feet short!  

    That's a closing 67 for McIlroy - his best round of the week - and an incredible turnaround from being +5 after six holes all the way back on Thursday. But still, if only for that lost ball on 15 and he could be collecting a second claret jug. As it is he's finished -5 and is currently tied-fourth.

    Back we go to the par five 17th and Cabrera-Bello. He has 10 feet for birdie and makes it! That's the Spaniard to -5 and needing a birdie on the last to tie Li.

    This is unbelivable drama. It's nowhere near the incredible play of last year's final round but it's no less exciting.

    -8: Kuchar (13),

    -7: Spieth (13)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -5: McIlroy (F:67), Cabrera-Bello (17)

    -4: Noren (F:67), Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65), Koepka (15)

    -3: Casey (F:67), Kim (17), Grace (16), Connelly (16)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (F:70) Stenson (16)

  • 17:39
    Sean Doyle, Following Open in Rio de Janeiro and listening to Wexford v Waterford on web radio from wlr fm wonderful sport
  • 17:40

    Jordan Spieth!

    Surely he must be reeling after that last hole. He gets to the par three 14th and must be lacking in confidence.

    Not a bit of it. This man is no ordinary 23-year-old. With his best shot of the day he arrows his tee shot straight at the pin where it bounces once, twice ... and misses the hole by inches for a hole-in-one!

    It rolls on four feet past and he'll have that to get back to -8. What a shot!

    Kuchar's approach comes up short and leaves him with 40 feet for birdie. We could have a two-shot swing here ...

  • 17:43

    Spieth gets back into a tie for the lead!

    What an incredible competitor. What a golfer. Balls of steel.

    After Kuchar can only rolls his birdie putt up to a few feet and tap in for par, Spieth rolls his birdie putt right in the middle from four feet and we're tied once again!

    -8: Kuchar (14), Spieth (14)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -5: McIlroy (F:67), Cabrera-Bello (17)

    -4: Noren (F:67), Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65)

    -3: Casey (F:67), Kim (17), Grace (16), Connelly (16), Stenson (17), Koepka (16)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (F:70)

  • 17:46

    Cabrera-Bello has a chance. After getting a free drop from metal railings on the right of the 18th, following a wayward drive into the rough, he muscles his second shot right up to the green where it bounces on to 15 feet. That's for a birdie to tie Li at -6 and give himself a chance of a playoff.

    Over at the 16th Koepka's challenge has come to an end with a bogey to drop him back to -3. Meanwhile, Stenson has pulled himself into the top 10 with a birdie at the 17th. It's been an excellent title defence from the Swede.

  • 17:50

    At the par five 17th Kuchar and Spieth both find the fairway with their drives. Kuchar, up first, powers a three wood down towards the green but it catches the front bunker. However, it's lying fine and shouldn't cause too many problems.

    Spieth, now suddenly full of confidence and with the momentum, cuts his low through the wind where it scuttles onto the front of the green and leaves 40 feet for eagle.

    Up to the 18th we go and Cabrera-Bello. Can he find a birdie to tie the clubhouse lead?

    No, he can't. And only by inches! It just about reaches the hole but dies to the right and stays out. He signs for a 68 and joins McIlroy in a tie for fourth at -5.

  • 17:56

    This is ridiculous!

    Jordan Spieth has just pulled off a moment you'd only ever expect Tiger Woods to pull off.  

    From 35 feet at the 17th he's rolled his eagle putt right into the middle! He's followed the madness of the 13th with a birdie and an eagle!

    The quality this man shows in the heat of battle is indescribable. Incredible stuff.

    Kuchar, with the pressure on to stay in touch, flips a lovely bunker shot out to four feet and rolls in the birdie putt to get to -9 and stay within one. What a battle we have on our hands here.

    -10: Spieth (15)

    -9: Kuchar (15)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -5: McIlroy (F:67), Cabrera-Bello (F:68)

    -4: Noren (F:67), Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65), Grace (17)

    -3: Casey (F:67), Kim (F:70), Connelly (16), Stenson (17), Koepka (16)

    -2: Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (F:70), Matsuyama (17)

  • 17:57
  • 17:57
  • 17:59

    Okay, everybody breathe.

    There are still three holes to and it's not over yet. Although, at this stage, Spieth deserves it more than anyone else. But, as we know, that's not how sport works.

    So, to the 16th we go. Spieth pulls his tee shot left slightly where it runs into the rough but looks to be sitting fine.

    Kuchar, with drive in hand, knocks a good one down the fairway and will have a good angle for his approach.

  • 18:00
  • 18:00
  • 18:04

    Kuchar, up first from the middle of the fairway, leaves his approach a few yards short of the green. That's a poor shot there and he absolutely must get up and down. He needs birdies now, does Kuchar.

    From the left rough Spieth holds off his approach with a lovely high fade to the heart of the green, leaving himself 25 feet or so for birdie. Let's be honest, we're all expecting that to go in at this stage. He is very, very much back in the zone now.

  • 18:06

    Kuchar opts for the putter from short of the green and lags it up to a few feet. Good putt.

    Now Spieth for the birdie. What are the odds of him rolling this in ...?

  • 18:09

    Well, they should have been pretty short.

    He's only gone and done it again!

    Right in the middle at absolutely perfect pace. Is this man even human?! This is nothing short of Tiger-esque.

    Kuchar holds his nerve to rolls in his par putt but he's now two behind.

    -11: Spieth (16)

    -9: Kuchar (16)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -5: McIlroy (F:67), Cabrera-Bello (F:68)

    -4: Noren (F:67), Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65), Grace (F:70), Koepka (17)

    -3: Casey (F:67), Kim (F:70), Stenson (F:70)

    -2: Connelly (17), Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (F:70), Matsuyama (F:72)

  • 18:12

    Okay, two holes to play and Spieth has a two-shot lead.


    Kuchar needs at the very least a birdie at the 17th and a prayer. Spieth, up first, launches a drive down the left where it runs into the rough but is sitting okay.


    Kuchar, up next, pushes his right into the rough where it looks to have sat down. That will probably eliminate his chances of going for the green in two and very likely give Spieth a hand and a few fingers on the claret jug.

  • 18:15
  • 18:20

    From a good lie in the left rough Spieth hammers an iron down towards the green, leaving 60 yards or so to get up and down for another birdie and with it, almost certainly, the claret jug.

    Kuchar, from a much worse lie, also does well to advance it down the fairway and will face about double the distance of Spieth.

    Up ahead at the 18th green Koepka has two putted for par to card a disappointing final round 71 for a total of -4.

    ALongside him, 20-year-old Austin Connelly finishes with a par for a 73 and -2 in a tie for 14th. A tremendous effort from the young man.

  • 18:22

    Kuchar plays into the 17th green first and knocks a good wedge shot in but it rolls out to 20 feet past. That's a must make.

    Especially afthe Spieth clips a gorgeous pitch up past the pin where it looks like it will roll out but it checks and stops dead seven feet past the pin.

  • 18:26

    What a putt Kuchar!

    He rolls his long birdie putt right in the middle to keep the battle alive.

    Now Spieth, to take a two shot lead down the last ...

    And of course he does. Let's be honest, he was never going to miss. That's Spieth now -5 for the last four holes.

    -12: Spieth (17)

    -10: Kuchar (17)

    -6: Li (F:63)

    -5: McIlroy (F:67), Cabrera-Bello (F:68)

    -4: Noren (F:67), Leishman (F:65), Southgate (F:65), Grace (F:70), Koepka (F:70)

    -3: Casey (F:67), Kim (F:70), Stenson (F:70)

    -2: Connelly (F:73), Z Johnson (F:66), Wood (F:67), Dufner (F:68), Poulter (F:70), Matsuyama (F:72)

  • 18:28

    Spieth takes an iron off the tee at the 18th and lays back short of the bunkers on the right hand side, opening up the middle left pin.

    Kuchar needs a birdie and a Spieth bogey so takes driver. It cuts left to right over the right bunker and into the second cut of rough but it seems to be sitting up nicely. He still has a chance.

  • 18:34

    It truly has been amazing stuff from Spieth. After slipping back to -8 he took Li, Cabrera-Bello, McIlroy and more right back into contention but then just did what he always does which is pull away once anyone gets too close.

    And now it's almost certainly his. His approach finds the middle of the green, leaving 30 feet for birdie. Kuchar, needing a birdie to have any chance, takes on the pin but turns it over slightly and it finds the bunker.

    All hail, champion Spieth.

  • 18:34
    Peter Byrne Before its all over just to say thank you for fabulous commentary and providing a great afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky and off to have a vino. Thank you.
  • 18:35

    Thanks Peter, enjoy. The sun is even coming out over Birkdale now!


    But, even with that, it's a pretty miserable finish for Kuchar. He's plugged against the face of the bunker.

  • 18:38

    Kuchar, practically on his knees given the lie in the bunker, can only splash it out to 40 feet or so.

    Spieth plays first and rolls it up to a few feet. Jordan Spieth is your winner, ladies and gentlemen.

    It's a brilliant effort from Kuchar with his putt right in the middle but stopping just short. That's a closing bogey and a 69 for Kuchar.  

  • 18:38
    JORDAN SPIETH IS THE CHAMPION GOLFER OF THE YEAR FOR 2017!
  • 18:42

    Spieth taps in for par, a dramatic, compelling, up and down round of 69, a total of -12 and the Open Championship title.

    At the age of just 23 the Texan has claimed three of the four major titles and, next month, has the opportunity to become the youngest man ever to win the career Grand Slam at the USPGA in Quail Hollow.

    The final six holes that Spieth just played are the best final six holes you will ever, ever see at a major championship. A sensational bogey save, a near ace which led to a birdie two, a 40 foot eagle, a 25 foot birdie, a superb up and down for another birdie and a solid regulation par.

    It's not to be said lightly but that was nothing short of Tiger-like.  

  • 18:43
  • 18:47

    To put this into perspective: Jordan Spieth has just claimed his third major at a younger age than even Tiger Woods. Only Jack Nicklaus was younger in claiming his third.

    We're just waiting for the presentation now.

  • 18:54

    The low amateur and winner of the silver medal is Alfie Plant!

    A superb effort from the 25-year-old today and he now turns his attentions to the Walker Cup in September before he'll turn pro and take on tour school in October.

  • 18:55

    The winner of the gold medal and the Champion Golfer of the Year is Jordan Spieth!

    Spieth will say a few words.

  • 18:56
  • 18:59

    Spieth first thanks the fans for breaking the Open Championship attendance record - it was a total of 235,000 this year.

    He thanks the R&A and the members at Royal Birkdale for "letting us tear up your course for the last week."

    He thanks his caddy for keeping him in it after a tough start and says the claret jug is as much Michael Greller's as his.

    It's honestly difficult to comprehend that Jordan Spieth is 23 years of age. He's giving a speech here like he's 40 and is a veteran. Most 23 year olds would struggle to make a speech after winning the monthly medal at their local club.

    Beyond impressive in so many ways.

  • 19:01
  • 19:05

    So, there is your Champion Golfer of the Year. It's been a rollercoaster few days at Royal Birkdale but, in the end, Jordan Spieth has come out on top and very much deservedly so.

    Philip Reid's report from Birkdale will be online shortly with further follow-ups tomorrow.

    Thanks for reading over the last four days, it's been great entertainment. And the best part is - we only have three weeks until the US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow where Jordan Spieth will be chasing a career Grand Slam, Rory McIlroy looks to be back to somewhere near his best and will be taking on a course he loves, along with plenty of other storylines. Sky Sports may not be showing the final major of the year but you'll be able to follow it all here from August 10th.  

    See you then, bye!