9 ways Jordan Spieth made history Sunday at Royal Birkdale
Jordan Spieth squandered a three-shot lead at the Royal Birkdale British Open Sunday. It looked like he would make a historic collapse at the consistent hands of Matt Kuchar. But Spieth battled back and continued his historic young career. Below is a list of all that Spieth accomplished with his victory Sunday:
1. Having already claimed the 2015 Masters and 2015 U.S. Open, Spieth won the third leg of the career grand slam. Only 18 other players have won three of golf’s grand slam of majors in their career. Of those 18, only Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are considered active players.
2. Still a few days shy of his 24th birthday, Spieth joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three legs of the grand slam before turning 24. Tiger Woods did not win his third major until he was 24 years and six months old.
3. His win at Birkdale was Spieth’s 11th career PGA Tour victory. Noteworthy players with 10 or less: Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Nick Faldo, Bubba Watson.
4. Combining those last two (total wins and major wins), Spieth’s accomplishments single him out, according to Golf Channel’s Justin Ray.
With a win tomorrow, Jordan Spieth would become 1st player in golf history with 10 PGA Tour wins including 3 majors before age 24.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) July 22, 2017
That being said, at Spieth’s current age, Tiger Woods had amassed 15 career PGA Tour wins. Jack Nicklaus had won eight times on Tour by that age.
5. His victory vaulted Spieth ahead of Hideki Matsuyama to no. 2 in the world golf ranking. It also helped put a dent in the sizable lead Dustin Johnson owns as world no. 1.
6. A win also earned Spieth the lead/co-lead after 15 major rounds since the start of 2015. No other player has more than seven in that span.
7. With a 69, Spieth is the first player to shoot in the 60s in every round of a British Open at Royal Birkdale. It was also be the first time in his career he shot in the 60s in every round of a major.
8. Though it’s a bit of an afterthought now, Spieth also tied Louis Oosthuizen (2010) for the lowest first round shot by a champion (65).
9. Spieth was the sixth player to go wire-to-wire for a victory at the British Open, and the first since Rory McIlroy in 2014.