The Open: Final Round’s Best, Worst, Stats And Scores

The final round of the 146th Open is in the books, and Jordan Spieth did it. The 23-year-old Texan is the Champion Golfer of the year, and joins Jack Nicklaus as the only two players to have won three legs of the grand slam before the age of 24.

Spieth now has three wins on the season and is the slight favorite (over Dustin Johnson) for Players of the Year honors. He moves into first place in the FedEx Cup standings, and into the second spot in the world rankings.

Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst from Sunday at Birkdale.

Best Round

The round of the day, at least in regards to score, came from a surprising place: 21-year-old Hao-Tong Li of China.

Li shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 which included seven birdies over his final 11 holes. He jumped 26 spots on the final leaderboard, finishing in solo-third place. (-Joel Cook)

Most Disappointing Round

Since it’s hard to get disappointed with a round if it’s meaningless, the easy pick here is Spieth’s front-nine.

A 3-over 37 with two fairways hit had many golf fans wondering if they were witnessing Meltdown II – The London Edition. It was that bad.

Best Accidental Brand Exposure

Could Titleist have asked for better exposure as Spieth took his now famous shot from in front of its equipment trailer on Sunday? The image is branding gold, and looks almost like a staged advertisement. It will soon be part of some sort of ad campaign.


Best Comeback

Spieth had made 4 bogeys in his first three rounds at Royal Birkdale. On Sunday, he made 5 of them after 13 holes, and was 4-over on his round.

It was a disaster of epic proportions. Then the comeback happened.

Spieth wiped out one of the worst starts in recent memory, with the most explosive five hole finish to win a major. Of all time!

Best Round By a No-Name

As we mentioned earlier, the 21-year-old Li of China shot the round of the day (-7). But other than his family, and Ernie Els, who he was paired with, no one even knew Li was in the field.

Afterwards, Li was thrilled with his performance. When asked if he thought he had that kind of game in him, an excited Li said, “Not really, actually. But for some reason since hole No. 8, I just start holing everything.”

Most Popular Score

19 players shot even-par 70.

Least Popular Score

On the good side, only Hao-Tong Li shot 63. And only one player shot 64, Aaron Baddeley. On the ugly side of things, only Dustin Johnson posted a 77.

Best Shot

After a bogey on 13 which dropped Spieth from the lead for the first time in four rounds, the world No. 2 got it right back with this near-hole in one on the par 3 14th. He would go on to tap in for birdie and never lose the lead again.

Best Dressed

Rory McIlory looked dapper with this Royal Birkdale-designed accessory dangling off his shoulder.


  • FedEx Cup No. 1: With the victory, Spieth collects 600 points and moves from No. 4 to No. 1 in the current standings, taking over the top spot from Dustin Johnson.
  • Jordan and Tiger: In the modern era, only Spieth and Tiger Woods have won 10 or more times on the PGA Tour before the age of 24. Woods had 15, Spieth has 11.
  • Stat Leaders (Through 3 Rounds): Fairways (Brandon Stone: 28/42); Greens (Jason Dufner: 40/54); Putts (Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson: 75)
  • Toughest Hole: The par-4 1st hole played to a 4.286
  • Easiest Hole: The par-5 15th: 4.468
  • Bogey-free Rounds: Haotong Li (63), Marc Lieshman (65), and Adam Scott (67).

Final Scores, Round Three

1Jordan Spieth-12$1,845,000600
2Matt Kuchar-9$1,067,000330
3Haotong Li-6$684,0000
T4Rory McIlroy-5$480,000135
T4Rafael Cabrera Bello-5$480,000135
T6Matthew Southgate-4$281,0000
T6Marc Leishman-4$281,00095
T6Alex Noren-4$281,0000
T6Branden Grace-4$281,00095
T6Brooks Koepka-4$281,00095
T11Paul Casey-3$175,33372
T11Chan Kim-3$175,3330
T11Henrik Stenson-3$175,33372
T14Zach Johnson-2$128,91758
T14Chris Wood-2$128,9170
T14Jason Dufner-2$128,91758
T14Ian Poulter-2$128,91758
T14Hideki Matsuyama-2$128,91758
T14Austin Connelly-2$128,9170
T20Xander Schauffele-1$104,50050
T20Charley Hoffman-1$104,50050
T22Adam ScottE$88,00042
T22Jamie LovemarkE$88,00042
T22Richard BlandE$88,0000
T22Rickie FowlerE$88,00042
T22Richie RamsayE$88,0000
T27Aaron Baddeley1$64,50029
T27Daniel Berger1$64,50029
T27Lee Westwood1$64,5000
T27Bubba Watson1$64,50029
T27Thongchai Jaidee1$64,5000
T27David Drysdale1$64,5000
T27Tommy Fleetwood1$64,5000
T27Andrew Johnston1$64,50029
T27Tony Finau1$64,50029
T27Jason Day1$64,50029
T37Russell Henley2$45,28618
T37Webb Simpson2$45,28618
T37Laurie Canter2$45,2860
T37Soren Kjeldsen2$45,28618
T37Martin Kaymer2$45,2860
T37Steve Stricker2$45,28618
T37Sergio Garcia2$45,28618
T44Sung-hoon Kang3$31,07011
T44Yi Keun Chang3$31,0700
T44Jon Rahm3$31,07011
T44Andrew Dodt3$31,0700
T44Peter Uihlein3$31,0700
T44Thomas Pieters3$31,0700
T44Kevin Na3$31,07011
T44Joost Luiten3$31,0700
T44Matthew Fitzpatrick3$31,0700
T44Ross Fisher3$31,0700
T54Kevin Kisner4$25,8436
T54J.B. Holmes4$25,8436
T54Jimmy Walker4$25,8436
T54Toby Tree4$25,8430
T54Justin Rose4$25,8436
T54Scott Hend4$25,8430
T54Dustin Johnson4$25,8436
61Ernie Els5$25,0005
T62Thorbjorn Olesen6$24,5000
T62Sean O'Hair6$24,5004
T62Charl Schwartzel6$24,5004
T62Michael Lorenzo-Vera6$24,5000
T62Young-han Song6$24,5000
T62Kyung-tae Kim6$24,5000
T62Alfie Plant6$00
T62Shaun Norris6$24,5000
T70Joseph Dean7$23,5560
T70Andy Sullivan7$23,5560
T70Gary Woodland7$23,5563
T70Brandon Stone7$23,5560
T74Bernd Wiesberger8$23,1630
T74James Hahn8$23,1630
76Danny Willett9$22,9753
77Kent Bulle10$22,8500
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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.


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