Today at the Open: It's Jordan Spieth's title at Birkdale

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Jordan Spieth is your 2017 Open champion. And how. NCG's James Broadhurst wraps up a fascinating final day from Royal Birkdale...

Jordan Spieth is your 2017 Open champion.

But he did it the hard way. Wayward drives, lost balls and clinical putting – Spieth’s maiden Open victory was packed full of drama.

The 2015 Masters and US Open champion’s tense victory at Royal Birkdale means he is the first player since Jack Nicklaus to win three majors before turning 24.

James Broadhurst wraps up the best of the action on a rollercoaster final day of the 146th Open Championship

So what happened?

It was a dramatic final day for Spieth and challenger Matt Kuchar that will live long in the memory.

Three-up after 54 holes, Spieth looked like his 2016 Masters demons might come back to haunt him after carding three bogies in the opening four holes to drop level with Kuchar at 8-under.

He then fell behind as an erratic drive on the 13th hole saw him take a penalty drop on the range and, to his relief, eventually walk away with a bogie.

But the 23-year-old fought back on the par-3 14th with a jaw-dropping birdie to draw level with Kuchar.

The defining moment of the tournament arrived on the par-5 15th when he holed a long putt for an eagle to go two ahead.

Birdies followed at 16 and 17 as he fought off the stubborn challenge of his Ryder Cup team-mate.

Final leaderboard

-12 J Spieth (US)
-9 M Kuchar (US)
-6 H Li (Chi)
-5 R McIlroy (NI), R Cabrera Bello (Spa)
-4 M Southgate (Eng), M Leishman (Aus), A Noren (Swe), B Grace (SA)
-3 P Casey (Eng), C Kim (US), H Stenson (Swe)

Feel-good moment of the day

Haotong Li seemingly came out of nowhere to shoot a 7-under 63, the joint-lowest final round in major history.

The 21-year-old world No. 107 looks to have a bright future after taming Birkdale on the final day and making this record in the progress…

Spare a thought for…

Matt Kuchar. The 39-year-old has never really looked like challenging for an Open title before and his previous best finish was tied-9th in 2012.

But it looked that Kuch, who was three behind Spieth at the start of play, would finally step up to the big stage when he took the lead heading to the 14th hole.

Despite Spieth doing his best to throw it away, it wasn’t meant to be for Kuchar and he is still without a win since the Heritage in April 2014.

Jordan Spieth

Best shots of the day

Well, this was one of the more bizarre moments of this year’s Open. Spieth, after what seemed like an eternity, hit an amazing recovery shot from the driving range on the 13th hole and eventually made a bogey.

After all the upheaval on the 13th, Spieth went and pulled this out of the bag on the next hole. A big moment.

The turning point.

But credit to Kuchar, he kept on coming back at Spieth to keep the pressure on.

Worst shot of the day

The pressure on Spieth’s shoulders heading into the final day must have been immense but the Texan didn’t make things easy for himself at times…

Meanwhile, world No.2 Hideki Matsuyama was in with a sniff of catching Spieth at the start of the day thanks to a 4-under 66 on day three. However, the 1st tee nerves struck and the Japanese star hit his opening shot out of bounds on his way to a triple bogey.

Stats of the day

Photo of the day

No-one quite knew what was going on as Spieth weaved his way in between tour trucks on the range looking for a place he could drop his ball.

Pure drama.

Jordan Spieth

Best dressed

A controversial choice but we are going to give it to Rory McIlroy for his bold selection of yellow and black.

Jordan Spieth

Got dressed in the dark

When you’re due to tee off in the final round of the Open Championship but painting your room just can’t wait.

Jordan Spieth

Quote of the day

Spieth after his victory: “I thought if it wasn’t to go my way all the questions would be about me as a major closer. And that puts pressure on you.”

More from the Open

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