Spieth Claims Third Major Title

Jordan Spieth hits a shot during the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. He earned his third major title by winning the 2017 British Open. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit alum Jordan Spieth has won the British Open, holding off fellow American Matt Kuchar to earn his third major championship. He and Jack Nicklaus are the only golfers to accomplish that feat by the age of 23.

Spieth, who was leading coming into the final round at Royal Birkdale in England, briefly lost the lead after hitting five bogeys over his first 13 holes. He rallied with a birdie, an eagle, and two more birdies on holes 14- 17, before taking a par on 18 to claim the title.

Spieth needs just a PGA Championship title to complete the coveted Career Grand Slam, an achievement owned by just five golfers, all of them legends — Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Gene Sarazen. This year’s PGA Championship will be Aug. 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

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