British Open at a glance

Frederick Owens
July 23, 2017

Spieth's second bogey-free round of the three so far put him at 11-under par 199. Spieth channeled his inner frat boy and just went there.

Spieth, who was in grind mode, ready to survey the birdie putt he was about to have, had to check himself. "I had no idea that 62 was the lowest ever". I played the 1969 World Carling Open there. "It was a fun walk".

Spieth, who led by three strokes going into Sunday's round at Royal Birkdale, has won nine of the past 10 tournaments in which he has gone into the final round with the lead.

But after finding a heavy lie in the rough on the first and failing to get up and down from left of the green, Spieth's lead was down to a single shot when Kuchar's superb approach to the second set up a tap-in birdie.

American Brooks Koepka, the U.S. Open champion, went round in 68 to finish at five under, level with 20-year-old Canadian Austin Connelly who continued his remarkable run at his first major with a 66.

But this looks like a two-man race Sunday.

"I think I'm in a position where [the Masters experience] can be very advantageous, " Spieth said.

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"It (the 2016 Masters) was a humbling experience that I thought at the time could serve me well going forward". "I understand that leads can be squandered and quickly, and I also understand you can keep rolling on one". It sort of feels like we could get ourselves a situation like we had previous year in which Kuchar and Spieth are playing an entirely different tournament than everybody else.

In contrast to Spieth, the 39-year-old Kuchar has never triumphed in a major.

Back-to-back birdies followed at hole Nos.

Matt Kuchar has taken the lead from Jordan Spieth at the British Open, thanks to a wildly errant tee shot that cost Spieth a penalty shot and led to a bogey on the 13th hole. "I played well. I'm not out of this". The vile vegetation of its rough, fattened up with the blankets of rain that came Friday, lacked golf balls to devour, so true were so numerous unburdened shots. "Now when I get on the plane tomorrow night or on Tuesday I'll have some time to read up a little bit more on the history and that type of stuff".

Earlier in the day he had been listed as a 1000/1 shot by some bookmakers to win the championship. He then said, " Sometimes it helps not knowing these things".

"You nearly kind of see the finish line, and you control your own destiny. I'm excited about it".

Turning 24 on Thursday, Spieth will head to next month's US PGA Championship at Quail Hollow striving to become only the sixth player after Tiger Woods, Nicklaus, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan to complete a career slam. "When your mind starts to get away from the spot where you're trying to hit the ball and into other situations, that can hurt you". "Huge galleries and they were really pulling for me", he said.

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