Jordan Spieth: Drama and triumph at Royal Birkdale

Jordan Spieth is just one win at the PGA Championship away from completing the career grand slam - but it's fair to say that the third leg of his journey towards that achievement was far from straightforward.

In time the history books will merely show that Jordan Spieth won The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2017 by three strokes. In reality though, getting across the line was far from plain sailing for the young Texan.

Two rounds of 65, with a 69 in tough conditions sandwiched between, meant that Spieth went into Sunday at Birkdale with a deserved three-shot lead earned with a display of incredibly consistent and ruthless golf.

Three sloppy bogeys in the opening four holes (he'd only previously made three all tournament heading into Sunday) saw his lead evaporate.  All of a sudden he was on the back foot, with playing partner, Matt Kuchar looking more likely to go on and lift the Claret Jug.

 

 
 

Then on the 13th hole, Spieth sprayed a wild cut off the tee, a shot which threatened to completely derail his challenge. What happened next however was nothing short of remarkable.

After 20 minutes of deliberation with rules officials and incredible mental lucidity from Spieth under the most intense pressure golf that can conjure up, he played a three-iron from the practice ground that will go down in Open Championship history. Spieth salvaged a bogey at 13 and then produced one of the most stunning streaks of golf you're ever likely to witness on the next four holes to wrestle the Claret Jug from Kuchar's grasp.

This unbelievable show of will when faced with adversity will surely go down as a defining moment in Spieth’s career - particularly given the dramatic manner in which his dreams of a successful Masters defence had gone up in smoke at the 12th hole at Augusta National in 2016.

In the above interview Jordan Spieth relives all the drama of the final round of his third major triumph, stating that he "simply denied that he was going to let another major slip through [his] hands."