Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Jordan Spieth of the U.S. throughout the last spherical REUTERS/Paul Childs
July 18, 2021
SANDWICH, England (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth mentioned he had finished every thing he may to finish his lengthy anticipate a fourth main after falling simply brief in an exciting last day of the British Open on Sunday.
The Texan ended up in second place, two pictures behind compatriot Collin Morikawa who produced a bogey-free last spherical to say his second main title.
Spieth had begun the day in third place however two bogeys in his first six holes, following on from bogeys on the final two holes of his third spherical on Saturday, in the end price him the prospect of repeating his 2017 Open win.
After eagling the seventh gap he led the chase of Morikawa however all to no avail.
“I’m happy with going six-under within the final 12 on this golf event and placing some stress on Collin,” he mentioned.
“From what I’ve heard, he made a giant par save on 10, made a putt up the ridge on 14 and a par save on 15. I wanted a break, and I didn’t get it from him. I did every thing I may up to now few hours to win this championship.”
Spieth mentioned his bogey-bogey end to his third around the evening earlier than, together with lacking a tiddler on 18, had left him “wanting to interrupt one thing”.
Crucially it meant he was not taking part in within the last group on Sunday — a place he has thrived on up to now.
“Whenever you’re the final to come back in you’ve obtained the final likelihood on 18, and I believe that’s the best place to come back from, particularly when it’s simpler circumstances,” Spieth mentioned.
The 27-year-old paid tribute to Morikawa’s coolness below stress, particularly as in contrast to his first main win on the 2020 PGA when there have been no followers due to COVID-19, this time he needed to keep calm with 32,000 lining the fairways.
“His different wins had include little to no crowds, you then step in to 35,000 and holding a lead down the stretch, I believe is basically spectacular contemplating — not solely his first Open Championship, however given the timing of when he’s been out right here.
“He spent a 12 months, 12 months and a half of that in primarily a crowdless setting. It’s more durable with huge crowds. You are feeling it extra. I believe that’s spectacular.”
(Reporting by Martyn Herman. Enhancing by Jane Merriman)