Double Major champion slashed drive miles right when joint leader and took penalty drop
JORDAN SPIETH admitted he “got away with murder” after he played a shot off the practice ground next to LORRIES following a wild drive during the final round of the Open.
Spieth, who was tied for the lead with Matt Kuchar at the time, slashed it miles right off the 13th tee.
His ball was found in some thick rough and he took a penalty drop from an unplayable lie.
And within the rules he was able to take the ball onto the Birkdale practice ground.
Spieth – who was at least 100 yards from the 13th fairway – was in between equipment trucks and railings as he lined up his third shot.
China’s Haotong Li – who fired a 63 to be clubhouse leader on six under – was on the range as Spieth tried to figure out where the heck he was trying hit his ball.
It was more than 20 minutes between Spieth’s drive and third shot.
The double Major champ, lined by fans, then slashed a three iron just short of the green on the par four.
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He eventually got up and down from there for a miraculous bogey.
And Spieth said: “It [the ball] hit a guy on the head and ended up on the other side of this mountain where I had to try and take a drop and figure out what I wanted to do.
“Michael said ‘why don’t you go back to the tee’ and I thought ‘I can get it up close to the green if I take an unplayable and straight line as long as the range is in play’.
“They told me the range was in play and then we had to figure out where I was dropping it to get to the point that was closest.
“From there Michael gave me a round number and I hit a three iron.
“I thought it was a little right and it was, but it came down and pretty fortunate not to be in the bunker.
“Then what an awesome up and down it was. I don’t know how I made five there. I just got away with murder.”
Spieth then nearly holed his tee shot on the par three 14th and tapped in for a birdie before scoring an incredible eagle on the par five 15th before going on to win by three over Matt Kuchar.
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