Spieth battles back for Open win

23 July 2017 14:44:56 EST

Jordan Spieth showed great fighting qualities to come back from losing the lead at the Open Championship to win the Claret Jug by three shots.

The American held a three-shot lead going into the final round at Royal Birkdale but promptly lost it with a terrible start, suffering three bogeys in his first four holes.

This is absolutely a dream come true.

Jordan Spieth

In an enthralling battle with playing partner Matt Kucher, the pair were then level going into the turn.

Then Kuchar took the lead after the 13th with Spieth dropping a shot after his drive went over 100 yards wide of the fairway.

At that stage there were fears that his round was imploding but he then displayed great fighting qualities to come back.

A birdie on the par three 14th brought Spieth back level and he regained the lead with an eagle on the 15th.

Kucher hit a birdie there but Spieth had a one-shot lead and, his composure restored, was never threatened again, finishing on 12 under for the tournament, three ahead of Kucher.

Haotong Li was third while Rory McIlroy, on five under was tied for fourth place with Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

It is Spieth's third major win after his victories in the Masters and the US Open in 2015. He now aims to win his maiden US PGA Championship which takes place next month in North Carolina, the final major of 2017.

He is 8/1 to win with McIlroy 7/1 and Dustin Johnson priced at 12/1.

Spieth said afterwards, in his victory speech: "This is absolutely a dream come true. I drank some wine from the Claret Jug when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and people said that was bad luck.

"I started to believe them too after nine holes today."

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