SOUTHPORT, England – For 22 minutes on Sunday at The Open time seemed to stand still. After hitting his tee shot at the par-4 13th hole some 100 yards right of the fairway, Jordan Spieth took an unplayable lie, line-of-sight relief from between two equipment trucks on the Royal Birkdale practice tee and eventually scrambled for a bogey. The whole ordeal dropped Spieth one stroke behind Matt Kuchar, but gave the eventual champion a boost considering how poorly things could have gone. “It was cool, well, it wasn’t cool, but we had been in situations enough that I knew and he knew to slow it down, we weren’t in any rush,” Spieth’s caddie Michael Greller said. “Find a way to get this back into play
SOUTHPORT, England – How much will the winner of the 2017 British Open take home? Of the record $10,250,000 purse, which will divvied up in U.S. dollars for the first time this year, the winner of the 146th edition of the Open will take home $1,845,000. The runner-up will pocket $1,067,000. Here is the rest of the payouts by place: 3rd: $684,000 4th: $532,000 5th: $428,000 6th: $371,000 7th: $318,000 8th: $268,000 9th: $235,000 10th: $213,000 11th: $193,000 12th: $172,000 13th: $161,000 14th: $151,000 15th: $141,000 16th: $129,500 17th: $123,000 18th: $117,000 19th: $112,000 20th: $107,000 21st: $102,000 22nd: $97,000 23rd: $92,000 24th: $87,000 25th: $84,000 26th: $80,000 27th: $77,000 28th:
SOUTHPORT, England – Playing in his first Open Championship, China’s Haotong Li scorched the closing nine at Royal Birkdale on Sunday with a 5-under 31 that included four consecutive birdies to finish his round. Li finished at 6 under par to grab the clubhouse lead with front-runner Jordan Spieth still playing his opening nine. “It’s a dream come true,” said Li, who posted a day’s best 63. Li said he planned to watch the remainder of the event on television and said the turnaround occurred at the eighth hole when he started “holing everything.” The Open: Full-field scores | Live blog: Day 4 | Full coverage “The birdies on 8 and 9 really freed him up,” said Ernie Els, who played with Li on Sunday.