Jordan Spieth bounces back to win Open
Jordan Spieth recovered from a horror front nine to win The Open by one shot.
Spieth was three-over for the round after the ninth hole, before birdieing the 14th, 16th and 17th and eagling the 15th.
The turning point came for Spieth on the 13th. He launched his tee shot wide to the right, buried into the wrong side of a hill. The ball was buried deep into the grass and deemed unplayable. The 23-year-old took a penalty stroke and, after a 13-minute delay to decide where the ball should be played from, took the shot from the practice ground and ended up getting up-and-down for an unlikely bogey.
That bogey appeared to galvanise Spieth, starting his run of five-under from the next four holes to finish at -11 for the tournament.
Matt Kuchar took Spieth all the way and was leading after 13 holes but the 39-year-old could not keep up with his compatriot over the back nine.
China’s Haotong Li shot up the leaderboard with a final round score of 63 to finish third on seven-under.
Rory McIlroy also moved up seven places to tie fourth with Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Englishman Alfie Plant won the Silver Medal as best amateur with a score of six-over.