We tracked all final-round highlights all day in Southport, England. Look back on what you may have missed (a lot):
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British Open Tracker
UPDATE NO. 50 (2:03 p.m. ET): Your full recap of how Spieth won the British Open.
UPDATE NO. 49 (1:40 p.m. ET): Spieth taps in for par and that does it! That’s 12-under 268 for a three-shot victory. Spieth shoots 69, playing his final five holes in 5 under.
UPDATE NO. 48 (1:38 p.m. ET): Even more yep. Kuchar bogeyed to finish at 9 under.
UPDATE NO. 47 (1:36 p.m. ET): Yep…
UPDATE NO. 46 (1:34 p.m. ET): It looks like Spieth will win…
UPDATE NO. 45 (1:30 p.m. ET): Spieth is in the first cut of right rough, Kuchar is in regular right rough.
Kuchar is going to need the shot of his life here and a Spieth mistake to hope for the two-shot swing he needs for a playoff.
UPDATE NO. 44 (1:26 p.m. ET): Kuchar makes his 15-footer for birdie, but Spieth follows up by jarring his 7-footer. Birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie.
Spieth is 12 under, Kuchar is 10 under. We’re onto the 72nd hole.
UPDATE NO. 43 (1:21 p.m. ET): Spieth drove wild at No. 17, but so did Kuchar. Both lay up and Kuch knocks his to 15 feet. Spieth hits his to 7 feet.
Must make for Kuchar. IF he birdies and Spieth misses his, Kuchar is one down heading to the 72nd.
UPDATE NO. 42 (1:12 p.m. ET): Here’s the three-hole birdie-eagle-birdie stretch from Spieth in full.
UPDATE NO. 41 (1:09 p.m. ET): You can’t make this script up. Jordan Spieth rolls in 25-footer for birdie at No. 16. That moves him to 11 under and he has a two-shot lead.
This really isn’t happening. They will make a movie about these four holes if Spieth wins.
UPDATE NO. 40 (1:03 p.m. ET): Here’s our way of trying to describe what happened with Spieth on that wild sequence at 13.
UPDATE NO. 39 (12:55 p.m. ET): Unbelievable.
Spieth buries 40-FOOTER FOR EAGLE at 15!!! Wow! He’s now 10 under and one ahead with Kuchar birdieing. He appeared on his way out of this two holes ago.
Then he makes miracle bogey at 13 and goes birdie-eagle. This isn’t real. We are dreaming.
UPDATE NO. 38 (12:42 p.m. ET): Spieth nearly makes a hole-in-one at No. 14! Wow! He rolls in 6-footer for birdie and we are tied again at 8 under! Unbelievable with where he was on 13.
UPDATE NO. 37 (12:38 p.m. ET): Spieth makes for an incredible bogey! But Matt Kuchar is your new solo leader by one at 8 under. By the way, McIlroy parred 18. He is officially out of contention.
UPDATE NO. 36 (12:31 p.m. ET): Spieth apologizes to Kuch for the wait. Spieth knocks it to 7 feet. That’s left for bogey. Kuch has already made par.
UPDATE NO. 35 (12:29 p.m. ET): Spieth finally hits his second shot after also telling caddie Michael Greller to get out of the way. It comes up short of the green.
UPDATE NO. 34 (12:23 p.m. ET): What a circus. Some 20 minutes after hitting his tee shot, Spieth still has not pulled the trigger on his approach.
Took a while to find his ball, and then it was a long discussion for relief. He took unplayable and took forever for him to figure out line-of-site relief thereafter.
UPDATE NO. 33 (12:19 p.m. ET): Rory!
McIlroy buries a 12-footer for eagle at 17 and he’s now 5 under! A birdie at 18 and he can tie Li in the clubhouse at 6 under. There’s an outside, outside chance that could be for a playoff. Wow!
UPDATE NO. 32 (12:17 p.m. ET): Spieth has to take an unplayable lie (a one-shot penalty) and will also have to take line-of-sight relief. That may push him back, too. Spieth could be on his way to a double bogey or worse!
UPDATE NO. 31 (12:13 p.m. ET): Man, this is getting crazy. Took a while to confirm Spieth’s ball was found, currently asking for line-of-sight relief. Kuchar meanwhile has 20 feet for birdie.
UPDATE NO. 30 (12:04 p.m. ET): Oh wow. Spieth goes miles right off No. 13 tee. Again, Spieth is all out of whack, this could be bad. He’s holding on for dear life.
UPDATE NO. 29 (12:02 p.m. ET): Both calmly two-putt and are in with pars. All tied at 8 under with six to play.
UPDATE NO. 28 (11:59 a.m. ET): Rory McIlroy went way left on the tee at No. 15 and had to declare a lost ball. From there, a re-tee and McIlroy does well to bogey. Still, he’s back to 3 under.
UPDATE NO. 27 (11:56 a.m. ET): Kuch is on the back of the green some 40 feet away for birdie at No. 12. Spieth knocks it to 25 feet. That’s what he has left for birdie.
UPDATE NO. 26 (11:50 a.m. ET): Kuch, gosh that was close.
Kuchar nearly buries his 40-footer. His ball finishes an inch right of the hole. Spieth hit an amazing chip to 4 feet and calmly rolled in the putt to stay 8 under. We are still tied.
UPDATE NO. 25 (11:48 a.m. ET): Wow, Jordan is out of whack. Spieth hits it left and long at No. 11, yelling Fore as his approach rockets into the gallery. He’ll need some wizardry to make par and stay 8 under. Kuchar has 40 feet for birdie.
UPDATE NO. 24 (11:37 a.m. ET): Spieth lags to tap-in range, Kuchar knocks his putt to 3 feet and rolls that in.
A pair of pars at the 10th. Still tied at 8 under.
UPDATE NO. 23 (11:34 a.m. ET): The back nine has started for this duo, and it’s already shaky. The group has been informed to speed up play by officials.
They are not on the clock, to be clear. Just being advised to speed up. Kuchar misses green (50 feet from fairway) and Spieth has 40-footer for birdie. Both will be happy with par.
UPDATE NO. 22 (11:30 a.m. ET): Think about this with Spieth. He’s missed two real short putts and two others inside 10 feet as well in nine holes. There’s something off with his putter today. Easy to see why he’s out in 37.
UPDATE NO. 21 (11:25 a.m. ET): This is shocking.
Pars for Spieth and Kuchar on Nos. 7 and 8 to retain 9 and 7 under positions. But Spieth runs his 20-footer for birdie at the ninth 3 feet by. Kuchar buries his 9-footer for birdie to get within one. And then Spieth misses ANOTHER short putt, as that 3-footer hits the right lip and stays out.
That’s a bogey, a two-shot swing, and we are TIED. Spieth out in 3-over 37, Kuchar even-par 34. Both are 8 under.
UPDATE NO. 20 (11:01 a.m. ET): Rory McIlroy birdies No. 11 to move to 4 under. And look at that, he’s suddenly five back. Haotong Li played his final six holes in 5 under. If McIlroy could do the same, that 9 under would be a pretty good number to catch. You never know!
UPDATE NO. 19 (10:53 a.m. ET): Way to go, Matthew Southgate!
He shoots final-round 64 thanks to birdies at Nos. 14, 15 and 17 and he’s in at 4 under and T-4. A reminder that he’s a cancer survivor. More on that below, what a story!
UPDATE NO. 18 (10:50 a.m. ET): So now we’re back in order. Kuchar hits into greenside bunker at No. 6 and blasts out long shot some 30 feet short. He can’t convert par putt. Spieth makes a beautiful save, knocking his third from off the green to 3 feet and cleaning up for par. Spieth is still 9 under and has regained a two-shot lead.
UPDATE NO. 17 (10:33 a.m. ET): Spieth makes an 8-footer for birdie at No. 5 to move to 9 under. He’s now ahead by one again. That’s a nice way to respond to three early bogeys. Kuchar is still lurking a 8 under, though.
UPDATE NO. 16 (10:25 a.m. ET): Spieth misses a 7-footer for par at No. 4. That’s three bogeys in four holes and he’s back to 8 under. That means Matt Kuchar is now a co-leader. What a bizarre turnaround.
Li is in at 6 under, by the way. That’s just two back now after starting the day 12 back. Yes, 12 back.
UPDATE NO. 15 (10:19 a.m. ET): Haotong Li makes a mid-range putt for birdie at 18, and he shoots 7-under 63! That puts him in big company, the 32nd 63 in major championship history. If Branden Grace hadn’t shot 62 on Saturday, this would tie a major championship record.
UPDATE NO. 14 (10:15 a.m. ET): It’s shocking to see Spieth’s struggles with the putter. That’s three misses inside 10 feet and another from 15 feet through four holes.
UPDATE NO. 13 (10:08 a.m. ET): Spieth is still struggling. He goes long on approach, but Kuchar dumps his in front bunker. Kuchar then fails to convert 10-footer for par, while Spieth looks like he should get in with par. But he misses his 5-footer. Spieth now 9 under, Kuchar 8 under.
UPDATE NO. 12 (10:04 a.m. ET): Li birdies 17 and is now 6 under for the day and solo third. What a Sunday for the 21-year-old!
UPDATE NO. 11 (10:03 a.m. ET): How we stand at No. 3:
UPDATE NO. 10 (9:52 a.m. ET): Matt Kuchar absolutely stuffs his approach at No. 2, leading to a tap-in birdie. Spieth follows by knocking his to 10 feet, and the birdie putt … doesn’t drop. WOW. Kuchar gets another one back. He’s now 9 under and ONE back. We’ve got a fight here!
UPDATE NO. 9 (9:46 a.m. ET): Haotong Li may rocket into a high finish. The 21-year-old birdies No. 16 to move 5 under for the day. He’s now 4 under overall and jumped from T-29 to T-3. Quite a young player this guy is. Already some great rounds out there. We mentioned Baddeley’s 64, but Xander Schauffele shot 65 to move up to T-17. Already 12 sub-par rounds in the clubhouse.
UPDATE NO. 8 (9:42 a.m. ET): Spieth hits his third to about 15 feet and can’t convert. That’s an opening bogey and Kuchar is now within two at 8 under.
UPDATE NO. 7 (9:37 a.m. ET): This is not a good sign. Spieth was really agitated with that bad break (lie was horrible), as you can see below. His second shot goes wayyyy left and short as the club gets turned over. A ton of work needed to save par here.
UPDATE NO. 6 (9:34 a.m. ET): Oof. Spieth’s drive gets a bad kick into some deep left rough. He’ll do very well to get this on the green.
UPDATE NO. 5 (9:31 a.m. ET): A rough start for Austin Connelly and Brooks Koepka, who both bogey No. 1 to fall to 4 under. Dustin Johnson starts double bogey-bogey to fall to even par.
UPDATE NO. 4 (9:25 a.m. ET): McIlroy is off to an unremarkable start: Four straight pars. He’s still T-10, though. Fowler is tied there as he’s 1 under for the round.
UPDATE NO. 3 (8:50 a.m. ET): Rory McIlory is off at No. 1 and makes par. He’s 2 under and nine back. Unless he posts a score we’ve never seen in a major, this won’t be a win for McIlroy. He can still post a high finish, though!
UPDATE NO. 2 (8:25 a.m. ET): Another record at Royal Birkdale: 235,000 have turned out to watch this year’s Open, the biggest crowd ever outside St. Andrew’s.
UPDATE NO. 1 (7:32 a.m. ET): We already have a Sunday 64! Aaron Baddeley birdies Nos. 15-17 to fire a 6-under closing round and finish the week at 1 over. He’s jumped 40 spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 35th. Well done, Badds!
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