Spieth's title defense at British Open ends without a bang
25 July, 2018, 22:29 | Author: Delia Walker
He was overlooked for much of Sunday playing alongside Tiger Woods, who caused pure pandemonium at Carnoustie in Scotland by taking the lead in the final round of a major for the first time in nine years.
A birdie at the 14th allowed him to hang around, but ultimately his even-par 71 to get in at 5 under was three shots short, as Francesco Molinari won at 8-under 276.
"Then I felt like I made a good putt on 18 for bogey in the end".
For four-time major victor Rory McIlroy, who finished tied for second, two shots off Molinari, it is a different Woods to the years of his pomp.
Tiger, once regarded as the greatest golfer in the world, has won 14 major championships in his legendary career - having won every major at least three times between 1997 and 2008.
Tiger Wood plays from the third tee at the British Open championships where he tied for sixth place. He was awarded the silver medal as low amateur, a victory for both Locke and his mentor, Paul Lawrie, whose 1999 win at Carnoustie was the last by a Scotsman at the British Open. But 69 was the low score among the first 22 players out in Sunday's final round as the breeze was blowing 15-20 miles per hour.
"I've just thoroughly enjoyed being here", Locke said.
Carnoustie's 18th hole has witnessed its fair share of horror shows but Molinari safely negotiated the snaking Barry Burn with his tee shot before planting his second to six feet.
Woods, who insisted he had not realised he was in a share of the lead at one point, conceded at times in the past few years he had given up hope of being in such a position again.
"Next thing, lo and behold, I'm tied for the lead, and then I'm leading it!"
He held the outright lead after Spieth bogeyed No. 5 and Schauffele carded two bogeys and a double.
Naturally all the attention was focused on Tiger, and then when he made two bad mistakes on the 11th it fell on Jordan Spieth and Schauffele as they at first looked solid and then unravelled, and then on Kevin Kisner and Kevin Chappell before they faltered. "If the guys get to 10 (under), five back is certainly do-able".
Spieth hit 8-iron through a gap in the trees for a birdie-birdie start to the back nine, and he dropped only one shot - not four like he did on Thursday - over the four closing holes at Carnoustie for a 67. "I hadn't had a lot of momentum from the crowd all week, and today it started to change". "I need to go get it", Woods said. It was the first time since the 2007 U.S. Open that he trailed going into the final round of a major, had the lead and didn't win.
"I played well today, I really really did", he said, via the Guardian. Schauffele chopped up the next hole for double bogey. I made a couple mistakes around the green there.
A massive drive on the following hole nearly took him to the green and he duly went on to birdie that as well to pile the pressure on overnight leaders Kevin Kisner and Zach Johnson. But it wasn't going to spoil the 42-year-old American's day. "I picked up where I left off and it was a great day's work".
England's Eddie Pepperell had set the early clubhouse target after a superb 67 left him five under par, four shots off the lead.
Unsurprisingly the par-five 14th, which is just 10 yards longer than the 12th, was the easiest hole for the third straight day, with 11 eagles, 53 birdies and just four bogeys resulting in a scoring average of 4.10. "He's healthy. I wouldn't say we're anxious about him, but he's one of those guys that's always in with a shot".
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