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The Open: Photos from Royal Birkdale

Updated 2351 GMT (0751 HKT) July 23, 2017
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Jordan Spieth kisses the Claret Jug after clinching the 146th Open Championship on a dramatic final day at Royal Birkdale. David Cannon/R&A/Getty Images
Spieth beat fellow American Matt Kuchar by three shots to win his third major title as England's Alfie Plant, left, finished as top amateur. Andrew Matthews/PA Images/Getty Images
Spieth's tournament was unraveling early on and a wild drive into the dunes on the 13th evoked memories of his Masters meltdown in 2016. Peter Morrison/AP
Haotong Li of China, right, shot a closing 63 to set the clubhouse target at six under. He ended third, six shots adrift of Spieth. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy fought back with an impressive 67 on the final day to finish in a tie for fourth with Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Richard Sellers/PA Images/Getty Images
South Africa's Branden Grace walks to the 18th green on his way to shooting the first 62 in the history of men's majors Saturday. Matthew Lewis/R&A/Getty Images
Spieth answered Grace's challenge with a 65 to take a three-shot lead into the final round at Royal Birkdale. Peter Morrison/AP
McIlroy, left, and Gary Woodland of the United States gave chase but couldn't make any inroads into the leaders. Alastair Grant/AP
Kuchar pushed playing partner Spieth but in the end was left in the Texan's slipstream. Peter Morrison/AP
US Open champion Brooks Koepka ended the third round in a tie for third, six shots behind Spieth. Alastair Grant/AP
World No.1 Dustin Johnson shot 64, the second lowest round of the day, but still found himself eight adrift after two lackluster opening rounds. Alastair Grant/AP
Hideki Matsuyama was bidding to become the first Japanese man to win a major. He was tied fifth alongside Grace at four under after three rounds. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Spieth weathered strong winds and heavy rain to lead the British Open by two shots at halfway at Royal Birkdale. ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images
Johnson struggled to mount a challenge on the second day in northwest England. David Blunsden/Action Plus/Getty Images
Fierce winds whipped across the course, which borders the Irish Sea north of Liverpool. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
South African Charl Schwartzel, a former Masters champion, found conditions tough and said it was "no fun." Christian Petersen/Getty Images
England's Ian Poulter was second at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and ended in a tie for third at halfway Friday. Warren Little/R&A/Getty Images
Haotong Li of China couldn't get to grips with conditions, either. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
McIlroy was on the charge and played his way into contention with a 2-under-par 68 despite the breeze. Dan Mullan/Getty Images
Koepka played in the worst of the afternoon rain but finished in a tie for third. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Spieth on the 17th green during the first round of the British Open on July 20, 2017, in Southport, England. Chris Condon/R&A/PGA Tour/Getty Images
Ian Poulter of England plays out of a bunker on the seventh hole. David Cannon/R&A/Getty Images
Golf fans on giant beanbags watch the action on a big screen in the spectator village. Stan Badz/R&A/PGA Tour/Getty Images
Wales' Stuart Manley lines up a putt on the eighth green during his opening round. Wet, cool and breezy conditions, as well as enthusiastic crowds, greeted the first group of players to go out at 6:35 a.m. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Paul Lawrie of Scotland putts on the 17th green. Dan Mullan/Getty Images
Sergio Garcia won his first major this year, at the Masters in Augusta, and the Spaniard was confident at Royal Birkdale, having also finished in the top 10 on 10 occasions at the Open. Here he is hitting an approach to the 18th green during practice. Warren Little/R&A/Getty Images
Royal Birkdale -- a venerable old links course in the northwest of England -- has hosted the Open on nine previous occasions, stretching back to 1954. ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images
Japan's Hideto Tanihara watches his drive from the sixth tee during a practice round. The Open is the only major held outside the United States and requires a different skill set to master the humps, hollows and sea breezes of links golf. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Canada's Austin Connelly places his ball on the fourth green. Royal Birkdale opened in 1889 and is one of the game's most celebrated links courses -- with two nines fanning into the sandhills of Southport, overlooking the Irish Sea. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
US golfer John Daly has been wearing eye-poppingly bright pants this week. The 51-year-old won the Open in 1995. ANDY RAIN/EPA
Defending champion Henrik Stenson won last year after an extraordinary battle with Phil Mickelson. The Swede's autograph has been a must-have for many this week. Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Bill Haas of the United States tied for ninth at last year's Open. He is pictured here hitting from a bunker during practice. Ross Kinnaird/R&A/Getty Images
US golfer Tom Lehman watches his shot from the 10th tee during a practice round. This year's event has a purse of $10.25 million, with the winner set to receive $1.85 million. However, if more than 70 professionals qualify for the final two rounds, prize money will be added. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images