Jordan Spieth 18 Holes Away From Third Major
Surely, his fellows thought, that 65 on the opening round was the most that he would do. Then he did it again on Saturday.
As such the 23-year-old American reached 11-under through 54 holes on at Royal Birkdale, taking a 3-shot lead over fellow American Matt Kuchar, who fired a 66 to sit at 8-under.
It will take a monumental effort from anyone beyond Kuchar to have a chance at catching Spieth, barring a collapse reminiscent of the American’s meltdown at the Masters last year when he choked away a 5-stroke lead with nine holes to go.
Spieth hit 5 birdies and no bogeys for his second 65 in three days. Kuchar could have at least tied for the lead or had it outright, but he double-bogeyed No. 16, ruining a three-birdie in four-hole stretch.
Canada’s Austin Connelly and US Open champion Brooks Koepka are tied for third at 5-under, with record-setting Branden Grace fifth at 4-under. Grace became the first player to ever shoot a 62 at a Major.
He racked up eight birdies without a bogey.