Spi­eth’s mir­a­cle bo­gey will go down in Open lore but he rode his luck along the way

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There’s an old adage that states it’s bet­ter to be lucky than good – and that cer­tainly held true for Jor­dan Spi­eth on the 13th hole in the fi­nal round when his blocked drive flew al­most 100 yards off line and struck a spec­ta­tor stand­ing atop a tow­er­ing dune be­fore tum­bling into a quag­mire of fes­cue and pre­his­toric ferns. First, Spi­eth was lucky to find his golf ball, then he was lucky the R&A hadn’t thought to de­clare the range out-of-bounds. He was then lucky to b be granted re­lief from the Tour trail­ers an and then lucky to be a able to play his third sh shot from pris­tine turf turf. Fi­nally, he was lu lucky that his slightly chun­ked, blind lo lon­g­iron ap­proach o over the dunes avoid avoided a clus­ter of pena pe­nal pot bunkers on the r right edge of the fai fair­way and in­stead nes­tled some 30 yards away from the pin. Hav­ing rid­den his luck, Spi­eth then pulled off an amaz­ing upand-down. Op­po­site is the step-by-step story of the most in­cred­i­ble 28 minutes in Open his­tory.

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