Another 1! This Dude Just Keeps Winning
24 Jul, 2017
Golf’s greatest names hailed Jordan Spieth’s dramatic triumph at the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday as the new champion savoured his victory by swigging from the Claret Jug trophy.
Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, the three surviving members of the ‘grand slam club’ who have won all four majors, saluted the 23-year-old American who will join them if he comes out on top at next month’s US PGA Championship.
“Jordan, we are all so happy watching you win the greatest trophy in golf,” nine-times major winner Player said in a social media address to the new champion.
“The example you showed to the young pros who will follow in your footsteps is one they will never forget. The courage, the patience, the fortitude. You are a family man, a gentleman and we love you,” the South African said.
Nicklaus, the record 18-times major winner, paid tribute to Spieth’s “guts and determination” while Woods, who’s won 14 major titles, posted on Twitter: “What an incredible way to come back and win.”
Few would argue with that after Spieth played the final five holes in five under par to see off the challenge of runner-up Matt Kuchar and secure his third major to set alongside his 2015 Masters and US Open triumphs.
Spieth’s friends Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas posted pictures on Snapchat of him drinking from his new trophy.
Two years ago, he had also swigged from the Jug in celebration of Zach Johnson’s triumph at St Andrews — but this time Spieth was toasting himself.
Asked by Thomas how drinking from the trophy tasted, Spieth turned to the camera, lowered the Jug and said “fantastic”.
Spieth’s celebrations will probably continue until at least Thursday, when he celebrates his 24th birthday.
There was more good news for him on Tuesday when the new world rankings saw him rise a place to number two behind Dustin Johnson on the back of his latest triumph.
Image Mailsport twitter
Mentioned In This Post: