As The Golfing Dads sat with our kids and watched the final round of The Open we couldn't have imagined what was going to unfold. Jordan Spieth began the day with a 3 shot lead over Matt Kuchar. As the players headed to the back 9 the lead had evaporated and both players were tied at -8.
After both players made 3 straight pars to open the back 9 Kuchar flared a drive into the right rough on 13 and then Spieth hit a drive that was right of Rush Limbaugh. It hit a spectator and left Spieth with a lie where he had to take an unplayable. After going back to the equipment trailers next to the range Spieth took his drop between them and then took relief on the driving range for line of sight relief. We were trying to figure out how the driving range was not out of bounds but hey, if you can use the rules to your advantage then you should do it.
Kuchar hit a great approach out of the rough onto the green and missed his birdie putt. Spieth made a great up and down for bogey after taking nearly 30 minutes to play the hole. On the 14th tee Matt Kuchar took the lead on his own for the first time.
Spieth then birdied the 14th and after a Kuchar par got back into a tie for the lead. On 15 Kuchar made a birdie but after Spieth rolled in a 45 foot eagle putt Kuchar was one shot back. On 16 Spieth made a 20 foot putt for birdie to get back to even par for the day and a two shot lead with two holes to play. On 17 both players made birdie so Spieth stepped up on the 18th tee with a two shot lead.
On 18 both players missed the fairway right with Spieth further back after taking driving iron off the tee and laying up. As bad has he had hit his driver this was the smartest play he could have made. Spieth hit his approach shot into the middle of the green and Kuchar left his in the front left bunker in a terrible lie.
Kuchar made a bogey on 18 and Spieth tapped and became the Champion Golfer of the Year. Spieth played the last five hole -5.
Dads Say So when you look back in history there are moments that every great champion seizes that propels them to victory. The 45 foot Putt for eagle was one of those moments where you have to shake your head and think, "Spieth just seized the moment." To turn the roller coaster of a round that he had like he did when the wheels were coming off and it looked as if this was Kuchar's to lose into a victory shows why he is so difficult to beat. Sure The Golfing Dads would have loved to seen Matt Kuchar, another golfing dad, get his first major. At the end of the day though, Jordan Spieth played the best golf all week and deserved to win The Claret Jug and be named "The Champion Golfer of the Year."
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