He won the Masters with a four-shot lead in 2015 and lost the Masters the following year with a one-shot lead at the start of the final round, and a five-shot lead at the turn.
Former winners Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson all missed the cut. "So we'll wait until Sunday and see what the leaderboard looks like".
And much like Spieth, he kept his round together with crucial par saves early on the back nine when the wind was at its worse.
"Michael gets two vetos, but he hasn't used one yet this year", he said. And my caddie told me to get inside 10 feet, that would be pretty good. On this day when the game's record books were subject to a thorough revision, he showed he can prosper in the gentle sunshine as well as survive the filthiest storm. Fortunately for Spieth, other golfers had great difficulty with the weather than he did. "Unfortunately, it's the first cut I've missed this year and I missed it with flair".
Five of the past six winners have been 39 or older and so what better time and place for Kuchar, who has won $40 million on tour, to shed his tag as highest earner without a major.
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Many players struggled to cope with the elements and the punishing bunkers. What it lacks in dunes, gorse and cool temperatures, it more than makes up for with American-style golf course muscle and a sprawl of hospitality chalets that will give the Southpark area its own tented village.
It's possible, too, that someone can come racing from behind the way Grace did Saturday when he became the first player to shoot 62 in major championship history. He wound up with a double-bogey 6.
"Very satisfying", said Spieth, who is playing in his fifth Open, his best finish being missing a playoff by a stroke two years ago at St. Andrews. He made just one in the first round. What it meant to him was obvious but he could have done without the weather turning so kind.
He had to grind his way to par at the 10th, 11th, and 12th holes, and said: "They're the putts that haven't quite been going in over the past few weeks". On Friday during the second round of The Open, he stiffed his approach at the par-3 12th in setting up an easy birdie. He did it right out of the box, shooting a 29 on the front side and then parring every hole on the back at Royal Birkdale.
Instead it was some of the lesser British lights who wore the bigger smiles.
Grace took advantage of ideal conditions and a par-70 layout reduced to 7,027 yards to card eight birdies and surge through the field in the 146th Open Championship. And it just, one hop, scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously fortunate to get all the way to the green and keep on going towards the green instead of over towards the left bunker. Even though those players in the afternoon wave got a little wet, they likely got the better of the round's conditions.
Bland will be one of many sub-plots on Sunday, therefore, as will Poulter and McIlroy. Kuchar missed his effort from closer range, which has left him and the rest of the field with a huge task to reel in the two-time Major victor.