“British Open-Wild & Wonderful”
It’s what you would expect, trying to play a round of golf with the weather rolling in off the Irish Sea onto the Royal Birkdale Course.
And then Jordan Spieth added his style of golf to the mix.
Metldown became showdown on Sunday and the the 23-year old from Texas won his 3rd major of a young star-studded career.
While Tiger Woods sat home reconfiguring his troubled life and career, while Phil Mickelson was on his way home after failing to make the cut, Spieth put on a show for the Brits there watching on the course, and everyone else watching globally.
The leaderboard showed him home raising the Claret Jug with a (12-under-268) total. How he got there, how he survived it all, was the real story.
Day 1 was blustery, 59-degrees and winds, and it did not knock him out of the hunt.
Day 2 was typical Irish Sea weather bedlam, heavy sheets of rain and wind gusts, and Spieth took the lead…hitting an eagle in driving rain…then sinking a 30-foot putt with 35-mile an hour winds blowing.
Day 3 was a day of normalcy as he stayed atop the board-knocking in 5-birds.
Day 4…his balls and scores were all over the place. He got knocked out of the lead. He hit an out of bounds shot, misinterpeted the rules as to an unplayable lie, hit a longer shot, but survived to bogey a hole. There was an amazing 20-minute delay as they tried to sort out where the ball went, what he did, where the next shot should come from.
He started with 3-bogeys in 4-holes and look like a massive meltdown was coming. That save shot at 13 after the horrid initial shot onto the practice range, led to his late round binge.
Spieth then put on a show, turned on a switch and electrocuted the rest of the field. He made 30-and-50 foot putts on back to back holes on that back nine after the out of bounds trauma..
In a 4-hole span on that back nine, he sank 3-birdies and added another eagle.
And then the win.
Oh there were other storylines too. Rory McIlroy went from a great opening day to going into the drink in round two, never recovering to get back in it.
Brendan Grace, playing in his first ever major, carding a 62 on a second day when everyone was died in the weather.
Dustin Johnson fell off the map. Jason Day didn’t make the cut. Phil Mickelson didn’t make a birdie.
US Open champ Brooks Koepka, hadn’t played in 3-weeks, and hung in there till the final day.
But it was Spieth creating great golf when it looked like he had created chaos.
Now he has arrived with this third major at such a young age. Bring on the next Grand Slam, and get ready for the next US superstar in the sport.
You expect all the wild days, wild scores, wild shots. It was like the weather coming in off the Irish Sea, you can get all 4-seasons in one day. Spieth showed a full array of good and bad play, all in winning the Open championship.