Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrates a birdie on the 18th green during the third round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 22, 2017 in Southport, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Jordan Spieth takes 3-shot lead into final round at The Open Championship

Posted July 22nd, 2017


For the second time in three rounds, Jordan Spieth stayed bogey free on his way to shooting 5-under-par 65 during The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Heading into the final round Sunday, Spieth (11 under) leads fellow American Matt Kuchar (-8) by three shots.

Conditions were much better Saturday than they were Friday, when Spieth battled wind and rain on his way to a 1-under 69. He still carried a two-shot lead heading to the first tee, and five birdies — including one on the final hole — gave him an even larger cushion as he pursues his first Claret Jug and third major overall.

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The former Longhorn took advantage of nearly perfect conditions starting on the third hole, when he stuck his approach within inches of the hole for a tap-in birdie.

Back-to-back birdies followed at hole Nos. 7 and 8, but Kuchar pulled within one shot with a long birdie putt at No. 14.

They both birdied the next hole, and then after Kuchar made double bogey at 16, Spieth drilled a long birdie putt on the closing hole.

Spieth and Kuchar will be paired together again on Sunday, with 20-year-old Canadian Matt Connelly the next closest on the leaderboard at 5 under. Earlier Saturday, Branden Grace made history by becoming the first player to ever shoot 62 at a major tournament.

Brandon Stone, the only former Longhorn other than Spieth to make the cut, shot 2-under 68 to move into a tie for 43rd. He is 3 over par for the tournament.

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