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Jordan Spieth Collapses in Final Round of British Open, Finishes Tied for 9th

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2018

CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 22:  Jordan Spieth of the United States lines up a putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Jordan Spieth's final round at the 2018 British Open is one he'd surely like to have back. 

After coming into Sunday tied atop the leaderboard at nine under, Spieth shot a disappointing five-over 76, dropping into a tie for ninth place at four under. Francesco Molinari ultimately won the tournament at eight under.

Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele all finished tied for second at six under.

For a while on Sunday it appeared that Spieth, Tiger Woods (five under) and McIlroy would all be in contention for the championship. Twitter was excited for the possibility: 

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

You know it's a pretty good Sunday afternoon when the top three things trending on Twitter are "Tiger," "Rory" and "Spieth."

Shane Bacon @shanebacon

I'm here for a Rory-Spieth-Tiger playoff, thanks.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Please give us Tiger and Spieth tied going into 18.

And though it wasn't meant to be, it was still a memorable day of golf: 

Graeme Bailey @GraemeBailey

What an fantastic Open, brilliant to have greats like Woods, Spieth and McIlroy fighting it out on a Sunday - but nobody can deny Francesco Molinari being a wonderful #TheOpen Champion. Amazing four days at Carnoustie.

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

I don’t think anyone hates Molinari, but a playoff with Tiger, Rory, Rose and Spieth would have been an all-timer https://t.co/ccjzoHo4UW

Nathan Murphy @nathanmurf

Yet another sensational final round of #theopen. Tiger, Rory and Spieth all in the lead at various stages, that’s what we wanted. Molinari probably best player in the world for last couple of months, a deserved winner.

Had Spieth been able to tame the course Sunday, he would have had a fantastic opportunity to take home his second consecutive Open Championship. But it became clear a few holes in that Spieth was battling.

It was an ominous sign that Spieth bogeyed No. 5 and double-bogeyed No. 6, and bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17 sealed his fate. 

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

Spieth taking an unplayable on six. Why was he hitting a wood from that lie on an unreachable par five? #BritishOpen

Spieth, at least, offered one of the more humorous anecdotes of the tournament. With time to spare before his tee time on Saturday, he wandered into Carnoustie, seeking a haircut. But he ended up with a hairdo he perhaps wasn't anticipating.

"It was intended to be what I normally get, and instead he went a little shorter. Very British haircut," Spieth told reporters, per Sean Martin of PGATour.com. "A little shaved on the sides, a little longer on top. It is what it is. Summertime, it works out."

During a post-round interview on NBC, Spieth maintained that he was still happy with his overall performance at Carnoustie. But his final round matched his new hairstyle: Spieth tried to take it in stride, but it was neither what he would have hoped for or expected. 

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