Who Won The Open Championship 2017?

    By Jazzy Morgan

    The Open Championship was founded under principle of crowning the Champion Golfer of the Year and has so since its beginning in 1860. In 2017 it did just that.

    Jordan Spieth is 24 years old and winning The Open Championship last year put him in the position for a chance at a Career Grand Slam at such a young age. The grand slam in golf is, winning all four Major Championships, something that only 5 golfers in the history of the game have achieved. He is also the only golfer aside from Jack Nicklaus to win three of four majors before his 24 birthday.

    It was when Spieth clinched the win at Royal Birkdale in 2017 that there was no denying that this golfer was something special.

    Jordan Spieth at The Open Championship

    Who is Jordan Spieth?

    Golf wasn’t always the way for Spieth, his first love was baseball which he gave up at the age of 12 to focus solely on golf. During his first PGA Tour event he caught the eye of every golf fan in the nation when he was in contention for most of the HP Byron Nelson Championship and finished tied for 16th, at the age of 16.

    In 2013, halfway through his sophomore year at the University of Texas he dropped out to become a professional golfer and play his way on to the PGA Tour. While his first year on the PGA Tour was successful, it was Spieth’s 2015 season that was arguably one of the most historic golf seasons ever played.

    He came out of 2015 with five victories and 15 top-ten appearances. Spieth blew passed records at The Masters Golf Tournament® 2015, holds the lowest 36-hole and 54-hole scoring records at Augusta National®, and tying for the 72 hole scoring record. That very year he followed The Masters® victory with another win at The U.S. Open Championship, tied for fourth at The Open Championship and won his second PGA Championship.

    Spieth finished 2015 number one in the Official World Golf Rankings and became the 2015 Player of the Year at just 23 years old.

    The Open Championship 2017

    Clinching this victory was no easy task for Jordan Spieth. During the final round he lost his three-shot lead over the course of four holes, found himself tied with Matt Kuchar and made four bogeys throughout the tournament. One of these bogeys being on the 13th hole where Spieth hit his ball into a dune and took relief from parked equipment trailers. He had to wait half an hour to take his shot and to everyone’s disbelief made the most important bogey of his career, and one of the most unforgettable holes in golf history.

    The adrenaline must have kicked in from there because he then birdied the 14th hole, eagled the 15th hole, birdied the 16th and 17th hole and took par on the 18th to win by three strokes, the same margin he began with on that Sunday.

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