A clearly devastated but gracious runner-up Matt Kuchar joked that he "got comfortable, told a few stories" while Jordan Spieth took his detour on the 13th. "I understand in that situation, it's hard. I didn't lose any momentum," he says of the 20-minute delay.
Jordan Spieth didn't just win The Open in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon. The soon-to-be 24-year-old claimed a third leg of the career grand slam, second-youngest to only Jack Nicklaus to claim that feat. That means Spieth-mania will continue three weeks from now, when he'll have a chance to become the sixth player to win that grand slam at the PGA Championship.
The Champion Golfer of the Year, Jordan Spieth
Three down, one to go. Jordan Spieth wins the third major of his career, the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. This win will give Spieth three legs of golf's grand slam, leaving only the PGA Championship off Spieth's major resume.
It took 30 minutes for Jordan Spieth to make a bogey on the 13th hole and lose the lead. He's just followed that up with a birdie on the 14th and a 48' EAGLE on the 15th!! Spieth goes to the 16th with a one shot lead over Matt Kuchar.
On holes 15-18 this week, Jordan Spieth is -4 while Matt Kuchar is +1. Advantage Spieth.
It's been a wild, bizarre, entertaining final round at The Open, especially from the final pairing of Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, who have traded foibles for much of the afternoon and remain tied with just a few holes left to be played.
Jordan Spieth must have the memory of a goldfish! After what looked like a sure collapse, Spieth almost makes a hole in one on the par three 14th hole and makes a 4' birdie putt to tie Kuchar for the lead! DRAMA IS HAPPENING AT THE OPEN! Four holes to play.
Rory McIlroy finishes his Open Championship with three straight rounds in the 60's. Sunday Rory shot 67 (-3) and will finish at -5 total. In all likelihood a top five finish
After it was all said (almost 30 minutes to play one hole!) and done Jordan Spieth makes a bogey while Matt Kuchar makes a par on the 13th hole. Kuchar now has a one shot lead over Spieth heading to the par three 14th.
To explain the madness that has happened with Jordan Spieth on the 13th hole; He took a penalty drop for an unplayable lie, got free relief from a temporary immovable object. Finally played a shot from the driving range back on to the course, and has a putt for bogey.
Rory McIlroy played his first six holes of The Open in 5-over par on Thursday afternoon. How much has that impacted his title chances? Well, he's now in a share of fourth place on the back nine, exactly five shots off the lead.
Absolutely a NIGHTMARE start for Jordan Spieth! Three bogeys in four holes and Spieth is now tie for the lead of The Open with Matt Kuchar at -8.
Haotong Li is 21 years old and playing just his second career major, but after a final-round 63, he's up to third place at The Open. Now he'll play the waiting game, but it might need be as smooth as his golf game. Li would need leader Jordan Spieth to shoot 75 and Matt Kuchar to shoot 72 just to have a chance at a playoff.
Red is good when the weather at The Open is perfect as it is right now. Not a good sign when the last six groups on the course have NO red numbers on the board early.
Silver medal winner Alfie Plant gives his brother a hug and enjoys the loud applause of the crowd as his Royal Birkdale adventure comes to an end. Few amateurs can have had more fun at The Open.
Today marks the 10th time since the 2015 Masters that Jordan Spieth has held or shared a 54-hole tournament lead. On those previous nine occasions, he's converted eight times for the victory. The lone outlier? Last year's Masters, when he famously lost on the back-nine. He enters today's final round of The Open with a three-stroke advantage.
It's been a long few days at Royal Birkdale! This guy might have a great view of the 15th green but his eyes are closed and he's missing all the action. Hopefully he'll wake up in time to see leader Jordan Spieth later on.
Here's the R&A's full explanation of how Royal Birkdale has been set up for the final round of The Open. Sunday it will play longer than any of the three previous rounds.
Alfie's Army, made up of family and friends supporting British amateur Alfie Plant, has dwindled to something more like a specialist fan unit as he gets closer to claiming the silver medal, but they are still having fun and making themselves heard.
Sunday is PAYDAY in golf. Wanna win The Open Championship? Well here's all the hole locations for the final round.
Another superb morning for Open scoring at Birkdale, and Australia's Aaron Baddeley takes full advantage. Playing in the second match of the day, he signs for 6-under 64, finishing at +1 for the tournament.
For the second straight year, entering the final round at The Open there is 1 player within 5 shots of the leader. Matt Kuchar is 3 strokes back of Jordan Spieth.
Jordan Spieth shot a 5-under 65, giving him a score in the 60s for each of the first 3 rounds in a major for the first time in his career.
Dustin Johnson shot a 64 today, his best career round in a major and his first round under par at a major since the final round at The Open last year.
Just as on Friday, an amber weather alert has been issued at Royal Birkdale. "Potential thunder and lightning within the hour". No suspension of play yet, but should it be delayed for anything more than an hour, it will be nearly dark by the time Spieth and Kuchar play 18.
Reports of rain, thunder and lightning just 25 miles away in Liverpool. A storm here could add yet another twist to a brilliant Open Championship.
"Go Poults!" cry the large crowd as Ian Poulter drains the second of two successive birdies, at the tenth. The Englishman is getting superb backing at Royal Birkdale and he's feeding off it.
Right place, right time. Tommy here was standing under the player bridge at Royal Birkdale right when Jason Dufner decided it was time to get rid of his golf shoes. Will you wear them? "They seem to be the right size... yeah!"
Prior to Branden Grace's record-setting 62 on Saturday at The Open, 63 had been shot a total of 31 times. Interestingly enough, only seven of those golfers went on to win that major (a 22 percent rate.) The odds aren't in the South African's favor. Here's a look at the historic scorecard.
The 146th Open is the 442nd major championship contested. Branden Grace's 62 in the 3rd round today is the lowest score ever recorded in a major.
"Let's get this out of the way now. I DIDN'T know on 18 what was going on." Branden Grace sits down at the podium talking about his record breaking round. "My caddie Zach came up to me after the putt dropped and said, 'Congrats, you broke the record.' I said, 'What are you talking about?'"
Branden Grace shoots 62, the lowest round in major championship history Saturday at The Open. Ironically enough, playing alongside Grace was Jason Dufner, who in 2013 on Friday of the PGA Championship had a 13' putt to shoot 62 that he left just short.
They've been playing major championships for 157 years. This is the 441st. There's never been a 62 -- until now. Branden Grace has done it. And it might only take a few hours for the next one. On a soft Royal Birkdale course that is hardly bothered by any weather conditions, we might see even more of them today.
THAT far away from history! Just off the back of the green at the 18th hole you can just see Branden Grace's golf ball. He needs to have it in the hole in two shots to shoot a historic 62 in a major championship here at The Open at Royal Birkdale.
Who wants to see some history made?! The stands left of the 18th green at Royal Birkdale have grown to watch Branden Grace try and become the first man in major history to shoot 62! Moving day at The Open Championship has a whole new meaning!
By his own admission, Jason Day left the course "in a coffin" on Friday after a 6-6-6 finish that looked to have ended his tournament. Angry, he watched a movie, ate some ice cream and started thinking about heading home. By 9pm, he had made the cut. Today was very different. "This is the day for someone to shoot a 62," he said post-round. If that happens, it will be a major tournament first.
He made it on the cut mark yesterday, and Jason Day takes advantage of the calm conditions, shooting a 65 -- the joint lowest round of the day so far. It could have been even better if putts on 17 and 18 had dropped.
Justin Rose can't see past leader Jordan Spieth for the winner at Royal Birkdale. "He's obviously done all the right things to score well," said Rose after posting a 69 Saturday. "He'll probably find his rhythm a bit more out there today. The greens have obviously been receptive. The way he's putting, he's going to make some birdies today. So the chasing pack will have to chase pretty hard."
There's always one: South African Shaun Norris had the dubious honour of being out first this morning without a playing partner. He responded by shooting a 65, which will be a contender for low round of the day, and is now T11.
With the 36-hole cut now made at The Open, only 19 golfers have made the cut at all three majors so far in 2017. Of those 19, six of them (Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Russell Henley, Hideki Matsuyama and Charley Hoffman) are all inside the top 10 at Royal Birkdale.
The other two majors that Jordan Spieth opened with two rounds in the 60s - 2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open - he went on to win.
Justin Thomas shot an 80 today after a 67 on Thursday. That is the worst round in a major in his career and the tied for second-worst round of his overall PGA TOUR career.
Jordan Spieth has chipped in, holed a 35-footer, came within a few feet of an ace and made eagle -- and that's just in the last six holes. He's taking a commanding lead in what could be a historic win this weekend. If he claims the Claret Jug, the soon-to-be 24-year-old will need only the PGA Championship title for the career grand slam.
Ian Poulter's 137 is his best 36-hole total at The Open and the first time he's shot par or better in each of his first 2 rounds at a major since the 2014 U.S. Open.
After starting his championship 5-over par through 6 holes, Rory McIlroy played the next 18 holes in 7-under par (63). He played the first 6 holes today in 3-under par, 8 shots better than he played those same holes on Thursday.
Ian Poulter walks up the 18th and past a, well, let's say "well oiled" hospitality area. "Go on, Ian", cries one fan. "You can do it," cries another. "Think of Celtic Manor" is the clincher, considering the better shout would have been Medinah.
Before play was suspended, as the heaviest of the rain poured down, a good size crowd stayed in the stands on the 18 green and roared loudly when Billy Horschel made birdie in the horrid conditions to finish his week at +12.
Play temporarily suspended due to heavy rain at The Open Championship. Truth be told, the horn sounded AFTER the heavy rains but you can see puddles starting to form on the 18th green.
Jordan Spieth has just submitted a contender for shot of the championship. Needing to chip in to save par at the 10th -- and from the short side of the green -- he does exactly that. And all of that in a truly lashing rainstorm. An amber weather warning follows almost as soon as Spieth's ball hits the cup.