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Summary

  1. Champion golfer of 2017: -12 Spieth
  2. -9 Kuchar; -6 Li; -5 McIlroy, Cabrera-Bello
  3. -4 Southgate, Leishman, Noren, Koepka, Grace
  4. Selected: -3 Casey, Stenson; -2 Z Johnson, Poulter
  5. Highlights on BBC Two: 20:00-22:00 BST

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Jordan Spieth
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What a week indeed Ken. Blackpool Pleasure Beach could be seen up the coast from Royal Birkdale - but this is where the real thrills and spills were.

Thanks for joining us over the past four days, it has been a blast.

And if you want to relive today's drama then head over to BBC Two - or click the link on this page - to watch the highlights.

Same again next year? See you in Carnoustie.

'A switch went for Spieth'

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator at Royal Birkdale

Right from the start Spieth couldn't hole anything and it looked liked he was going to be reeled in. He was seriously vulnerable. Then we came to the infamous incident at the 13th. He hit a shot that went so far right it was extraordinary. I've never seen anyone go over the other side of that bank, ever.

But his scramble from there gave him something. He could have taken 10, but he got a five. From there on in it was electrifying.

It was like he was a boxer who had been hit on the nose and thought "that really really hurt, but I tell you what the next time I throw a punch the other fella is going to get hit".

A switch went. And that is what golf is like. He was a different player and all credit to him.

Overall, the course was superb, the crowds huge, the weather varying, it has been a fantastic for everyone connected with golf. What a week.

A nice pay day

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

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That Claret Jug is worth $1,845,000 (£1,419,777) to the Champion golfer this year. That should be enough for a good holiday.

Based on 5%, which is probably a little less than he gets, caddie Michael Greller has picked up around £70,000 too. That decision to quit his job as a teacher and be on Spieth's bag gets better and better and better...

WATCH: Spieth's nervous start

It's worth remembering that Jordan Spieth started nervously today with three early bogeys.

Shaky start for Spieth with three early bogeys

Remember when Jordan Spieth looked like he was going to match his Masters meltdown? It seems a long time ago now.

The champion made a shaky start to his final round, blobbing three bogeys onto his card in the opening four holes. Perhaps it was all part of the Spieth show.

'A lifelong quest'

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Matt Kuchar opens up his heart a little to Sky Sports: "It's a lifelong quest to get to this point and have a chance. To get a taste of it is sweet but hard at the same time."

Timing of a champion

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

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Speith 'in a much higher gear than anybody else'

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

Nick Faldo

Three-time Open Champion speaking on Sportsweek

After the Wimbledon final, Tim Henman described Roger Federer as having arrived "in eighth gear" and I feel Jordan Speith has the same ability to arrive ready on the first tee on the Thursday in a much higher gear than anybody else.

He has that ability to keep that intensity throughout the weekend. If he hits good shots, or bad shots, the reactions are very similar. It's all part of the process that gets him to the final goal - to collect the Claret Jug.

That is what makes this young man able to do this at his tender age.

Goodbye scar tissue

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live golf expert

Spieth has that intangible that you can't really identify. You can't describe it. He does things other people don't do. I think there was scar tissue that has healed after he blew the Masters at Augusta. He got off to the same kind of start today.

It was heading towards the same sort of thing. I was thinking back to Augusta. Even though he won more events since, I think it did scar him a little bit and probably made him stronger in the end. He's broken through that now winning here. He won essentially having been behind with five holes to play. It showed incredible grit. I couldn't believe he could continue to hit the shots he did and hole the putts he did, it was special out there.

Spieth up to second in the world

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Victory means Spieth, currently the world number three, will climb up a place when the latest rankings are released tomorrow.

Dustin Johnson's spot on top of the pile was always going to remain unaffected whatever happened at Royal Birkdale.

WATCH: The winning moment

Watch the moment Jordan Spieth sinks his putt on the 18th to become 2017 Open champion.

The winning moment - Spieth wins 2017 Open

And that remarkable proved to be the catalyst in Jordan Spieth's triumph.

The world number three followed that great escape with birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to accelerate away from Matt Kuchar.

Moments later he ensured the Claret Jug would be going back across the Pond. And here's how he did it...

I felt like I got away with murder - Spieth

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Here's Jordan Spieth explaining what happened off the 13th tee...

"I didn't want it to go left, so I opened up the face and a little bit of water got in and I hit a spray ball," he told Sky Sports.

And how he got away with a bogey...

"I don't know how I made five there, but that putt right there was as tough as any today to read and when that went in I felt like I had got away with murder."

Spieth Slam in sight

Jordan Spieth might think he will be "free rolling" at the US PGA Championship, but the world's media won't be taking their foot off the pedal when it comes to highlighting what he could achieve at Quail Hollow in Charlotte next month.

Spieth could become only the sixth man in history to win the career Grand Slam - Masters, US Open, The Open Championship, US PGA - with victory on 13 August.

Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods already have their names on a star-studded list.

He's really matured - Greller

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

BBC Radio 5 live

Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth's caddie, explains to BBC Radio 5 live how he approached that incredible moment on the 13th: "That was the most bizarre thing I've ever experienced as a caddie.

"I certainly didn't have any numbers from the right side of the range! I was looking at that gorse and we ended up playing about a 245 shot.

"It was on a great line and from there he just did what he always does - he just grinds.

"He's had some tough things happen and he knows what to do. I think it's the 13th time he's had the lead in a major. He's easy to work with.

"He's really matured a lot in the last six year since I've met him, so it wasn't that difficult."

So what about the US PGA?

"There's no pressure," added Greller. "He's absolutely free rolling it. He's just won a major and there's no pressure on him - that's what he wanted. I'm fortunate to ride shotgun with him."

Spieth's roll of honour

2015 Masters...

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2015 US Open...

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2017 The Open Championship...

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Jordan deserved to win - Kuchar

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

BBC Radio 5 live

Matt Kuchar played a fantastic round, but his wait for a major win goes on.

"It was quite a battle. Jordan just turned it on," the 39-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It was an amazing bogey he made at the 13th.

"I would've liked a few more of those putts to drop in. It's tough finishing second but I played well and all I can do is control how I played.

"Jordan played well and deserved to win."

The best bunker shot there is...

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

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Jordan Spieth wins The Open

Once the snappers have got the pictures you'll see in your morning newspapers, Jordan Spieth wanders around the perimeter of the 18th green to lap up the congratulations from the hundreds of fans gathered.

If I had a pound for every handshake, high five and selfie that the American dishes out then I'd almost be as rich as him.

Prize money of £1.4m will be wired into his account overnight by the way.

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

Speech over, now for the trophy pics. On the green, trophy in the air, trophy left, trophy right. They're all good but sitting on the edge of the bunker is my favourite Open champion pose.Say cheese Jordan!

A hole with a view

Diane Knox

BBC Radio 5 live reporter

Space was at a premium on the 18th as Jordan Spieth enjoyed the best walk in golf...

18th fairway and green
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...it was so scarce in fact that one bloke decided to shin up a tree...

A tree on the 18th hole
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'A dream come true' - Spieth

Jordan Spieth wins The Open

Champion golfer Jordan Spieth receives the Claret Jug and addresses spectators: "Thank you so much for coming out. As players we couldn't appreciate it more. I want to thank the R&A for allowing us to tear up your course for a couple of days. What an incredible Open. The way it set up and the weather cooperated. We owe you special thanks.

"Thanks to my caddie Michael for keeping me there today after that bad start. This is as much his as mine. Thank you Mikey, you deserve all the credit in the world for this championship.

"This is absolutely a dream come true. I drank some wine from the Claret Jug when Zach Johnson won it two years ago and people said that was bad luck. I started to believe them too after nine holes today.

"Matt, I really enjoyed battling with you buddy. I got the good breaks today. What a great champion Matt is and a class act. I took about 20 minutes to play a shot today. Matt took it in his stride with a smile. He sets a great example for all of us.

"Thanks to the volunteers. I'm going to take this back to America which may upset a few of you all but I'll return it. Thank you very much, what an incredible honour."

From one great to another...

Many golf experts reckon there is a bit of Tiger Woods in Jordan Spieth. Namely their shared stone-cold desire to win.

So perhaps it is apt that Tiger has been among the first to congratulate his fellow American...

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How did he win it?

Spieth (-12)

Spieth has hit 50 of 72 greens in regulation this week, only a handful of players have been more accurate, with American Russell Henley top on 53. Believe it or not, he's 100th in the field for hitting the fairway off the tee. Testament to his ball striking from the rough perhaps?

Jordan spieth
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The newly-crowned Open champion is welcomed back onto the 18th green to a rapturous reception, pausing for a moment - "Well..."

Jordan Spieth finds his voice, chooses his words thoughtfully and carefully, thanking the crowd, the organisers, his playing partner Matt Kuchar and, most importantly, his caddie.

Spieth handles the moment like he handles everything on the course: with composure and class.

Jordan Spieth wins the Open

Jordan Spieth
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"Well played Jordan." Even the Birkdale scoreboard is offering congratulations to the new champion golfer of the year.

How good?

How many majors will this young man win? Just 23, he's on three, one behind a certain Rory McIlroy. He has three wins in 19 major starts.

Spieth
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Time for one final 'Kooooch'! at Royal Birkdale this year. The 39-year-old American, who made his Open debut here back in 1998, did not get the fairytale finish he hoped for - but, boy, did he push it close.

Alfie Plant is grinning like a man whose numbers have just come up on the Euromillions. Theat's because the young English amateur is stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, ready to collect the Silver Medal.

That moment when you win The Open

Jordan Spieth
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Andrew Priestley: The mental strength required for Jordan Spieth to play the 14th-17th in -5 after just losing his lead should not be underestimated.

David Nicholson Hirst: Spieth isn't the best golfing talent out there but probably one of the best ever players, easily. Mental edge is frightening.

'He has the intangibles'

BBC Radio 5 live

Zach Johnson, who has shared a house with Jordan Spieth this week reacts on 5 live: "Very impressed. It's one thing to come back from a bad round. It's another to come back from a bad beginning and then obliterate the golf course. It's the sign of a true champion.

"He's a champion, a class kid and very worthy of hoisting the Claret Jug.

"To me, the six foot bogey putt on 13 was massive. You're talking about two of my good friends. Matt and I grew up together, we live close, our kids play together. I feel for him."

Spieth's got it between the ears - Johnson

BBC Radio 5 live

Another of Spieth's friends, Zach Johnson, said he feels for Matt Kuchar, but that the 23-year-old deserves his success.

"This moment is second to none," the 2015 Open champion told BBC Radio 5 live.

"There are numerous guys that could win every week, so it's very impressive that he's a stalwart and has the intangibles between the ears."

Jordan Spieth wins the Open

What a picture. This could be a locker room in any golf club across the UK. Jordan Spieth sits slumped in a comfy armchair, solemn-faced, emotionally-drained, contemplating what he has just achieved.

Matt Kuchar is grinning as Spieth explains to him what the hell was going on at the 13th.

He's a special golfer - Fowler

BBC Radio 5 live

One of Jordan Spieth's good friends Rickie Fowler has been sharing a house with The Open champion and a few of the other American players.

"I didn't get to watch a whole lot because I was playing," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "I went back to check the bags and they were on 17 - to do what he did after avoiding a big number on 13 shows a lot of fight.

"We all know he has it, but to do it on one of the biggest stages... we're looking forward to celebrating together.

"He's a special golfer, fun to be around. We have a lot of fun away from the golf course and it's cool to see him having this success."

Jordan Spieth wins the Open

Let's put Jordan Spieth's victory into some historical context.

** Warning: the 23-year-old is keeping some illustrious company.

Spieth is the second player - after Jack Nicklaus - to win three legs of the Grand Slam before age 24.

And he has become the youngest champion of The Open since Seve Ballesteros in 1979 .

'This guy really is something special'

Jay Townsend

BBC Radio 5 live golf expert

He was in all kinds of problems. This guy really is something special.

He's the second youngest to win three of the four grand slams and all eyes will be on him next month at the US PGA.

He's really an amazing guy.