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Spieth gains momentum with strong Open final

TROON, Scotland — Onward to Baltusrol.

And right quick, too.

That’s Jordan Spieth’s take as he left this coastal village Sunday after an indifferent showing at Royal Troon in the 145th British Open. Troubled by the pace of the greens, Spieth never forged any momentum and finished down the leaderboard following rounds of 71-75-72-68 to end at 2 over.

But his final round, completed before the leaders teed off, gives him a boost heading into the final major of the season, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey, in two weeks. It was the first time he broke par since he opened with a 66 in the Masters in April.

“Gained some momentum today,” the world No. 3 said. “Saw a couple putts go in from outside six feet. Made probably three or four of them today from that range, from anything outside of short range. So my ball striking’s there. Really struck the ball good. Held it up nicely, and controlled the spin nicely and played to the right spot. So I played an extremely solid round.

“All the parts seem to be coming together, whether it shows off after a…

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