Spieth rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt on the 16th to create a three-way tie for the lead, but he bogeyed the next hole – the famous “Road Hole” on the Old Course – to fall 1 shot back of the leaders heading to No. 18. Thanks to his clutch play, Spieth now shares the lead with Zach Johnson, who is done for the day and Marc Leishman, who is currently on the 18th.
“Amateur players are not eligible to win prize money and therefore, should an amateur win The 144th Open, first-place prize money will be distributed proportionately among the professional players who have made the cut”.
His 6-under 66 Sunday didn’t crown a new Open champion, or give him the modern Grand Slam no one has ever won.
He ended the day tied for the lead at 12 under with the last man to win the Open at St Andrews, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa (67), and Australian shot-maker Jason Day (67).
While the final round began with Dunne, Spieth and Dustin Johnson garnering all of the headlines, the attention has since shifted to a pair of players who are absolutely lighting up the Old Course on Monday.
Both Johnson and Scott went on to birdie the 10th to move to 15 under and keep their positions above some hard-charging players behind them in the standings.
Golf amateur Paul Dunne has set himself up for a potential bittersweet victory Monday at The Open championship at St. Andrews in Scotland.
Spieth, 21, comes into The Open with four victories this year, including a win on Sunday at the John Deere Classic. The run Spieth is on is so special it brings back memories of Woods in 2000-01 when he held all four major championships – thought not in the same year – in what became known as the Tiger Slam.
“I didn’t feel like I played that bad”, he said.
Day missed a 20-foot putt to end his hopes.
“If I think about it that way, then I just want it a little bit more tomorrow”. New Zealand’s Ryan Fox posted a 5-under 67 playing in the first group.
There was his final-round meltdown in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, followed a couple of months later by his disputed two-shot penalty on the 72nd hole of the PGA Championship that cost him a spot in the playoff. Once you do that you turn your back on other career options and are then relying on earning a living playing a sport that has been your hobby.