The Open 2017, fourth round at Royal Birkdale


Those trophies are quality trinkets, for sure. Tomorrow, Spieth has a chance to make golfing history. The biggest break came at No. 10, when the rain was pounding Royal Birkdale. Kim qualified for his British Open, and he played a practice round with him on Monday. Find out all that and more during Round 4 of the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

This will be Spieth's third time taking the lead into the final round of a major.

Working in Spieth's favor is that there's only one player within five shots, likely making it a two-man race on Sunday.

"I didn't think I drove the ball incredibly well yesterday, either", he said.

Will it happen again today? Spieth just has that knack.

"It's tough to make putts when you're not that close to the hole". The elder American diligently kept pace with the two-time major champion, however, and was finally able to close the gap to a single shot on the 14 hole, sinking a wonderfully measured shot from 12 feet out for his fifth birdie of the round.

Spieth will start Sunday with a three-shot lead over Kuchar in that quest.

"I never felt like I was out there trying to beat Jordan", Kuchar said after putting up a 66 on Saturday. He is at 8-under 202. Matt Kuchar is the Texan's nearest rival, while Brooks Koepka and Austin Connelly are six strokes back in a tie for third.

"That's expected with Jordan, " Kuchar said of the Spieth birdie on 18. That's links golf golf for you. "The crowd are so knowledgeable and the atmosphere is fantastic", Spieth said. "The formula has produced a lot of good golf and I hope it continues to produce some good golf tomorrow".

"We've been here before and we're not going for the first major, but it is the first Open and I'd be lying if I said I won't feel plenty of nerves", added Spieth, who missed out on a play-off at St Andrews in 2015 by a single shot.

Seventy-seven players made the halfway cut at five over par, with just nine players under par.

"I'll be playing with him but not focused on him". What's scary is the rest of the field knows it, too.

The 29-year-old made the ideal start with a birdie on the first in benign conditions which were in stark contrast to the wind and torrential rain which forced a brief suspension of play on Friday afternoon. He matched Kuchar's birdie on the third hole to stay one shot ahead.

However, this championship has belonged so far to Spieth and, with the bit clearly between his teeth, it would be a major surprise if he doesn't go on to claim a third victory of the season after arriving on the Lancashire coast with victories in the AT&T National Pro-Am and Travelers Championship under his belt. He now sits at -2 alongside Ross Fisher and Ian Poulter, who had a disappointing day shooting a 1-over 71 as players moved past him all day. So he had to shift into a more aggressive game plan.

The trio all shot five-under-par rounds of 65 at Royal Birkdale on Thursday and hold a collective one-stroke lead over Paul Casey and South African former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Asked to describe it right after he walked off the golf course, Spieth didn't blink.

"I should have hit a club to take all the bunkers out of play but hit a three iron which was the worst club". Keep the confidence high, and more of the same.