Branden Grace Secures a Record, but Jordan Spieth Owns the Day

A day that dawned warm and sunny over Royal Birkdale turned cooler and wet near the end. Under a pewter sky, Kuchar and Spieth reached the 18th green with their approaches, then began walking toward grandstands filled mostly with British fans — who greeted the two Americans as if they were their own.

Spieth putting on the 18th green at the end of Saturday’s round. He birdied the hole after getting a lucky bounce on an approach shot that had appeared to be headed for a bunker.

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As he has since his first practice round here, Spieth, 23, walked like a man in a trance, so engrossed in the task at hand that nothing but the voice of his caddie, Michael Greller, pierced his reverie. But when Spieth reached for a yardage book in his back pocket to download some data into the computer that is his mind, Kuchar managed to get his attention.

Kuchar, 39, a companionable rival, commented on the cinematic splendor of the stage they occupied as the last group on the third day of a British Open at a course viewed by many as the finest that golf-proud England…

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