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The Open- as it happened: Jordan Spieth overcomes adversity to clinch Claret Jug in dramatic fashion

Re-live all the action from Royal Birkdale

Liam Corless
Sunday 23 July 2017 09:10
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Jordan Spieth fought back after his slip-up on the 13th hole
Jordan Spieth fought back after his slip-up on the 13th hole

It's the final day at the 146th Open Championship with a host of the game's biggest names in the mix for the Claret Jug.

It will clearly take more than blustering wind and hammering rain to stop runwaway leader Jordan Spieth so far after he opened up a three-shot lead on moving day yesterday.

Spieth hit a fantastic -5 and stands at -11 overall, with American compatriot Matt Kuchar three strokes behind.

The home contingent looked as though they could give the fans at Royal Birkdale something to cheer for but both Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy couldn't keep up with Spieth and sit back on -2.

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Sunday tee-times:

0755 Danny Willett

0805 Sung-hoon Kang (Kor), Aaron Baddeley (Aus)

0815 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Sean O'Hair (USA)

0825 Russell Henley (USA), Kevin Kisner (USA)

0835 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)

0845 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), Webb Simpson (USA)

0855 Kent Bulle (USA), Laurie Canter

0905 Soren Kjeldsen (Den), J.B. Holmes (USA)

0915 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Jimmy Walker (USA)

0925 Daniel Berger (USA), Xander Schauffele (USA)

0940 James Hahn (USA), Joseph Dean

0950 Toby Tree, Andy Sullivan

1000 Lee Westwood, Young-Han Song (Kor)

1010 Justin Rose, Gary Woodland (USA)

1020 Yi-Keun Chang (Kor), Adam Scott (Aus)

1030 Jon Rahm (Spa), Andrew Dodt (Aus)

1040 K.T. Kim (Kor), Peter Uihlein (USA)

1050 (a) Alfie Plant, Brandon Stone (Rsa)

1100 Charley Hoffman (USA), Zach Johnson (USA)

1110 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Bubba Watson (USA)

1125 Ernie Els (Rsa), Haotong Li (Chn)

1135 Steve Stricker (USA), Kevin Na (USA)

1145 Chris Wood, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

1155 Matthew Southgate, David Drysdale

1205 Marc Leishman (Aus), Tommy Fleetwood

1215 Jamie Lovemark (USA), Joost Luiten (Ned)

1225 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Matthew Fitzpatrick

1235 Andrew Johnston, Paul Casey

1245 Tony Finau (USA), Jason Dufner (USA)

1255 Jason Day (Aus), Scott Hend (Aus)

1310 Shaun Norris (Rsa), Richard Bland

1320 Alex Noren (Swe), Rickie Fowler (USA)

1330 Ian Poulter, Richie Ramsay

1340 Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher

1350 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa), Chan Kim (USA)

1400 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Dustin Johnson (USA)

1410 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Branden Grace (Rsa)

1420 Brooks Koepka (USA), Austin Connelly (Can)

1430 Matt Kuchar (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA)

Samuel Lovett23 July 2017 10:50
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History beckons yet again as the 146th Open reaches its climax. 

After Branden Grace’s first ever 62 in a men’s major championship, victory for Jordan Spieth will see him join Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win three legs of the career grand slam aged 23. Tiger Woods was 24 when he did it.

“That would be incredible,” Spieth said. 

“I had a five-shot lead at the Masters (last year) and didn’t win. I’ve had the heights,” said the 2015 Masters and US Open champion, “and I’ve had the humblings. If I play the way I’ve been playing, things will take care of themselves.”

More below:

Samuel Lovett23 July 2017 10:58
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Aaron Badeley has been the standout player so far in round four.

The Australian went out at 8:05 this morning and finished his round a short while ago at six under par for the day and one over for the tournament. 

Not a bad morning's work.

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 12:09
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Marc Leishman isn't hanging around here. He just chipped in from a bunker to birdie the par-three seventh hole and move to two under par.

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 13:32
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Anything you can do, I can do... worse?

World No 2 Hideki Matsuyama follows Dustin Johnson's double bogey with a triple bogey at the first. That's not the way to back up his impressive round of 66 from yesterday.

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 14:26
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The gap at the top of the leaderboard narrows again as Kuchar birdies the second and Spieth pars it. There's just one shot between the two now, with Kuchar at nine under par and Spieth at 10 under.

The American duo's nearest challengers, Brooks Koepka, Austin Connelly, Branden Grace and Li Haotong, are all at four under, so it's looking increasingly likely that it will be a two-horse race for the Claret Jug.

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 14:58
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Li Haotong is having a whale of a time out there today. He started the day at one over par but birdies at the eighth, ninth, 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th have moved him to five under par and into third place.

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 15:09
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Rory McIlroy's chances of lifting the Claret Jug are all but over. 

Jordan Spieth may be faltering but the Northern Irishman isn't taking advantage.

He's level par for the day and remains seven shots off the lead after eight holes.

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 15:18
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Well, this wasn't in the script.

Spieth produces another unwanted bogey - his third in four holes - to drop to eight under par. 

Kuchar, meanwhile, pars the fourth and he is now level with his fellow American at the top of the leaderboard,

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 15:22
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Current standings

-8: Spieth (thru 4), Kuchar (4)

-6: Li (F)

-4: Koepka (5), Noren (10)

-3: Connelly (5), Grace (6), Cabrera-Bello (7), Southgate (16), Leishman (15)

Ed Malyon23 July 2017 15:26

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