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Tom Brady congratulated Jordan Spieth on his dramatic Open win

Tom Brady congratulated Jordan Spieth on his dramatic Open win

At 23, Spieth is the youngest American to ever win The Open and he also joins Jack Nicklaus as the only two golfers to win three legs of golf's grand slam before the age of 24. Kuchar had a one-shot lead leaving the 13th green.

"If you really break it down it's one hole [a quadruple bogey on the 12th] that cost him, but he was always going to come back fine. And if it weren't to go my way today, then all I'm going to be questioned about and thought about and murmured about is in comparison to that, and that adds a lot of pressure".

"And this is as much of a high as I've ever experienced in my golfing life".

But from there he rallied and, at the halfway stage, he may even have harboured hopes of victory. Trailing for the first time all weekend, Spieth went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to overcome his own doubts and win his third major just four days before he turns 24.

World number four Rory McIlroy concedes his Open Championship chances are over after a day of missed opportunity at Royal Birkdale.

At No. 13, Spieth hit his tee shot about 100 yards to the right of the fairway. He should take Spieth's heroics as a positive challenge.

Fortunately for him, the trucks qualified as temporary immovable obstructions, which entitled him to line-of-sight relief.

There were echoes of Seve Ballesteros and his "car park" shot at Lytham in 1979 and in both cases, for all the commotion and excitement, the men who took the route less travelled won the title.

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And Spieth was left trying to process it himself, as a dazed Matt Kuchar walked off into the embrace of his tearful family.

He apologised to playing partner Matt Kuchar when he eventually reached the green and putted out for a bogey. The way Jordan Spieth plays is like no other champion, and the way he competes is considerably different than any great figure to whom Spieth might be compared. "So I'm happy that's coming quite quickly on the back of this", he said.

"We made ourselves comfy and told some stories". I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. It's very understanding. It's a very hard situation.

The 29-year-old's brilliant effort took him from four over par to four under, although that was still seven shots behind two-time major victor Spieth, who carded a second bogey-free 65 of the week.

"Welcome to the big time, Rory McIlroy", bellowed Jim Nantz of CBS when the County Down star blitzed Quail Hollow to win the 2010 Wells Fargo Championship, his US Tour breakthrough.

He took a 1-shot penalty for an unplayable lie and took relief as far back as he wanted, onto the range, behind the equipment trucks. And that 50-foot putt is something golf fans, and Greller, won't soon forget. He started the final round one shot behind Greg Norman but closed with a 72 and finished four shots behind. Spieth, Greller, and the rules officials then got to the very important work of rebooting golf. And I got the answer, no.

It was a huge moment. Spieth and his caddie are close friends, and while there have been plenty of great caddies and they've had these great relationships with the players, there's never been anything like that before. Grace did well to follow that with 70 for tied-6th.

6-under - Hao Hang Li 69 73 69 63. That proved beyond him as some opportunities were missed and victor Jordan Spieth pulled away, but McIlroy still finished in a tie for fourth after a final-round 67.

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