JORDAN SPIETH

There was a time when Jordan Spieth was anointed golf’s “next big thing.” Yet, while displaying talent in abundance, he never was known to dominate in a manner of Tiger in his prime or Dustin Johnson in 2017, who has been atop the FedEx Cup rankings on the PGA Tour from the outset.

That being said, Spieth traditionally seems to play his best golf when the spotlight is brightest. The talented Texan did it again at Royal Birkdale to become the 2017 British Open Champion and only the second golfer (Jack Nicklaus is the other), to win three majors by age 24.

However, it was far from easy. After battling a balky putter, commonly rainy British weather. a scoring snafu on the 13th hole on Sunday, and just plain ordinary nerves, Spieth played the back nine in 5-under par. All runner-up Matt Kuchar could do was watch helplessly as Spieth made putts of 30 and 50 feet en route to the win.

Spieth carded a 12-under par 68, leaving Kuchar four strokes behind.