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Jordan Spieth of the United States celebrates victory as he poses with the Claret Jug on the 18th green during the final round of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 23, 2017 in Southport, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Texas ex Jordan Spieth conquers The Open

With sizzling back nine, Spieth becomes the youngest American to win legendary British tournament

Posted July 23rd, 2017

Jordan Spieth’s done it again. He’s hooked another major championship. 

The former Longhorn captured the third leg of his personal grand slam by winning The Open Championship on Sunday with stunning back nine that will leave golf fans talking for years to come.

PHOTOS: Jordan Spieth wins the British Open

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Spieth had an easy tap-in putt on 18 to become the youngest American to win tournament and went 5-under par on the last five holes.

He finished overall 12-under par and had a three-shot lead over runner-up Matt Kuchar in Southport, England.

“This is a dream come true for me, absolutely a dream come true,” Spieth said afterward. “I was able to drink a bit of wine out of it when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and a lot of people told me it was bad luck. I started to believe them a bit through nine holes today.

“But, boy, this feels good to have this in my hands.”

As the final round unfolded, golf and sports fans from all the spectrum were tuning into NBC’s coverage.

Spieth was behind by a shot after 13 holes when he went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to snatch the tournament away from Kuchar. The sizzling stretch of play came after he made an improbable bogey from the driving range after taking an unplayable penalty shot.

After being on the verge of blowing the Open, Spieth came back birdie-eagle to take a one shot lead over Kuchar with three holes to go at Royal Birkdale.

The eagle came on No. 15, where Spieth hit the green in two, then calmly sank a 50-footer for his 3. He pointed to his caddie and told him to get the ball out of the hole, pumped his fist, and walked off the green.

Kuchar made birdie himself, but the one-shot lead he held two holes earlier had been reversed.

Spieth led by three shots going into the final round, but lost the lead on the 13th hole where he made a remarkable bogey after taking an unplayable lie on the side of a sand dune.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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