Jordan Spieth is on the cusp of doing something not even Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer or Tiger Woods could accomplish – win the first three majors of the calendar year. Not since the days of Ben Hogan, another Texan, has anyone pulled the feat off. Back to back years in 1952 and 1953 Hogan was in the same position and 1953 was his year. Is 62 years of waiting finally over? Jordan Spieth goes to the first tee Monday morning just one back of the leaders at -11.
Is it time an amateur won a major championship? Last time that happened was when Johnny Goodman won the U.S. Open in 1933. Bobby Jones was the last amateur to win the British Open in 1930. Enter the Irish amateur Paul Dunne who sits atop the Open’s 3rd round leaderboard with Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day at -12.
Lest I forget: Turns out Paul Dunne, at 22, is a year older than his professional counterpart, the 21 year old Jordan Spieth.
Perhaps it is time for another Irishman to have his name put on the Claret Jug….for a third time. Padraig Harrington, the first man from Ireland to win the Open Championship not once but twice. First time was 2007 then again in 2008 followed three weeks later with a PGA Championship. Being the consummate tinkerer, Harrington’s game crashed and burned shortly after the ’08 season but he has kept working and quietly clawing his way back into contention. He won the Honda Classic earlier this year and seems to be quite comfortable with his putter this year. Harrington is just 2 shots back at -10 after 54 holes.
Yes the 2015 Open Championship is certain to go down in history regardless of the outcome, including the Monday finish.
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