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In roughly a 30-minute span, Jordan Spieth went from trailing Matt Kuchar by one stroke to leading by one stroke.

What a day it's been for Jordan Spieth at Royal Birkdale.

After a turbulent start that included bogeys on three of his first four holes, quickly erasing the three-stroke lead he began the day with, Spieth has been nothing short of magical -- if not erratic -- since.

When the 23-year-old bogeyed the 13th hole -- an incredible bogey, by the way -- it was the first time this week that he had surrendered a lead.

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On the very next hole, however, he tied Matt Kuchar for the lead with a tap-in birdie after nearly holing his tee shot.

It was just a sign of things to come.

Spieth snagged the outright lead at the 15th when he drained this bomb for eagle on the par 5:

 

 

Love the reaction, too, pointing to the hole and commanding caddie Michael Greller to,
"Go get that!"

Kuchar would make birdie.

Spieth, at 10 under, leads by one with three holes to play.

What a show. 

Jordan Spieth drains long eagle putt to once again snag Open Championship lead
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Jordan Spieth made arguably the greatest bogey of the week while playing the par-4 13th hole at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.

Twenty-five minutes.

That's the amount of time that passed between Jordan Spieth hitting his tee shot and his approach shot at the par-4 13th hole at Royal Birkdale in the final round of the Open Championship on Sunday.

After his tee shot sailed way right, a search ensued and Spieth's ball was located in some heavy fescue. He decided to take an unplayable lie and took several minutes to determine where to drop and hit his third shot.

Once he found the spot, Spieth hit a blind shot over the dunes with a fairway wood just in front of the green. Brilliant effort.

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He would proceed to get up and down for an all-world bogey, miraculously dropping just a single shot.

However, with Matt Kuchar making par, Spieth fell out of the outright/share of the lead for the first time this week.

Talk of the famous "parking lot" shot by Seve Ballesteros at Royal Lytham from 1979 was mentioned by many on social media while Spieth's ordeal on 13 unfolded.

Here's that Seve shot:

And here are some of the tweets:

On the par-3 14th hole, Spieth nearly made a hole-in-one. Instead, he tapped in for a birdie. Kuchar two-putted from long range for a par and now the pair are again tied for the lead at 8 under.

What an amazing bounce back.
 

Jordan Spieth makes all-world bogey, follows it with near hole-in-one at Open Championship
July 23, 2017 - 11:34am
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Rory McIlroy eagled the par-5 17th hole at Royal Birkdale on Sunday, but was unable to birdie the final hole, which would have given him a share of the clubhouse lead.

It's been a crazy final day at Royal Birkdale.

While Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar have been duking it out, other players have stepped up. China's Haotong Li, for instance, fired a 7-under 63 in the final round of the Open Championship to get in the clubhouse at 6 under.

With Spieth backing up and Kuchar hanging around par, Li is hanging out waiting to see if his effort is good enough for a playoff.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy was making a late-round charge.

The four-time major winner got to 5 under for the tournament with this eagle on No. 17:

He needed a birdie at the final hole to share the clubhouse lead with Li, but failed to hole a greenside bunker shot.

McIlroy will finish the tournament at 5 under. 

Rory McIlroy will come up short at Open Championship after late rally
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If it seemed like a Claret Jug was a forgone conclusion before the start of the final round Sunday for Jordan Spieth, that wasn't the case early on.

Incredibly, for the fifth time in his career, 23-year-old Jordan Spieth took a lead into the final round of the major on Sunday, this time in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Of the previous four, he converted the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open into victories.

When Sunday's round began, Spieth had a three-stroke advantage over Matt Kuchar at 11 under. A win by Spieth would make him the second youngest player in the game's history -- behind Jack Nicklaus -- to win three legs of the career grand slam. Furthermore, he'd have a chance to complete the career slam in the PGA Championship next month at Quail Hollow.

RELATED: Open Championship leaderboard | Photos from Royal Birkdale

With all the history on the line, it seemed as though nerves were getting to the Texan early on.

Spieth -- the only player in the field with three rounds in the 60s this week -- got off to an uncharacteristic start, bogeying three of his first four holes.

Just like that, he was tied with Kuchar.

However, at the par-4 fifth hole, Spieth pulled himself together and snagged his first birdie of the day to regain a one-stroke advantage. One hole later, Spieth's lead went to two shots when he parred the sixth to Kuchar's bogey.

Is this the putt that will settle the early butterflies?

We won't know for another few hours. But, it may be just what Spieth needed at just the right time. 

Jordan Spieth reclaims lead after rough start to final round at Open Championship
July 23, 2017 - 7:07am
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In a spot where a two-putt par would have been fantastic, Zach Johnson went ahead and did one better at Royal Birkdale on Sunday.

Zach Johnson, winner of the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews, is quite comfortable with links golf.

Playing the eighth hole at Royal Birkdale in the final round of the 2017 Open on Sunday, Johnson was just off the back of the green on the 458-yard, par 4. As the commentator noted, a two-putt par and move along to the next tee would have been tremendous.

Johnson, a two-time major winner, did one better.

He buried the thing:

That putt put Johnson at even for the week. He would also birdie the ninth to get to 3 under for the day and 1 under for the tournament.

Zach Johnson knocks down putt from 65 feet at Open Championship