Jordan Spieth began Sunday's final round at the Open Championship with a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar.
He finished the tournament holding the Claret Jug after a win by the same margin, but those who assume that meant a drama-free day couldn't be more wrong.
After struggling to a 3-over score over the first 12 holes, the 23-year-old turned in arguably the craziest six holes in golf history to end the event and claim the trophy.
It started with one of the most wayward drives in recent memory, one more suited for the local public track than a major championship.
The camera man couldn't even track how far offline the tee shot was, but a swarm of people eventually found it lodged in a dune. He would decide the best course of action was to take an unplayable lie, sparking a 20-minute debate as to where he wanted to drop.
Golf can be a very lonely sport, and it's likely that Spieth standing on the dune contemplating what he was going to do with his predicament is among the loneliest feelings he's experienced in his storied career.
Spieth's decision to take the unplayable lie and march over 100 yards back to the practice range left marshals and fans with mouths agape.
En route to the practice range where he would eventually take his drop, Spieth had to negotiate the equipment trucks that border the area. That presented some hilarious scenes, including this one where he's stuck between two of them trying to figure out yardage.
"Don't worry Michael, I'm going to go birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie over the next four holes and still win the tournament!"
To the listeners, it sure sounded like Spieth was yelling to his caddie, Michael Greller, that he couldn't stand on top of the hill while he hit from the practice range. We'd like to imagine it was the two-time major winner reassuring his caddie that he was about to rip off an insane stretch to rebound from the debacle on 13, because that's exactly what he did.
Step No. 1 - Birdie "It's like we've entered an alternative reality"
Most golfers would be absolutely shattered by the travails Spieth went through on the 13th, but he's not a normal golfer. Spieth promptly flagged his approach to the par-3 14th, nearly holing it for an incredible ace. He would settle for birdie to wash out the bogey from the previous hole.
Step No. 2 - Eagle "Go get that"
After smashing a 3-wood roughly 50 feet from the hole on the reachable par-5 15th, Spieth was left with a tricky putt for eagle. A two-putt for birdie would certainly be a solid score heading to the final three holes, but Spieth's flare for the dramatic came through once again. He drilled the putt into the center of the cup, pointing at Greller emphatically and telling him to "go get that."
Step No. 3 - Birdie "What can you say?"
Clearly on an absolute heater with the putter, Spieth poured in another deep birdie putt on the 16th to get back to even-par on the day and stretch the lead to two over Kuchar with two to play.
Step No. 4 - Birdie "It's over"
The par-5 17th proved no match for Spieth on his torrid run, as he left himself seven feet for another birdie that he would roll in with ease. Kuchar would match with a birdie of his own, but would bogey the 18th and a routine par gave Spieth the three-stroke win.
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