Jordan Spieth leads the American surge to take three-shot lead at the Open

• Spieth shoots 65 on day of low scores and good weather at Royal Birkdale
• He leads Matt Kuchar by three shots and will partner him on Sunday

U-S-A, U-S-A. If the United States could bottle this scene, there would be little point in playing the Ryder Cup. Who do they think they are, coming over here and creating the narrative for our tournaments? In Jordan Spieth, the US has provided the man now within touching distance of what would be the third part of a career grand slam. Once more, and after the shortest of lulls, he is the man of the moment to the point where it would be a shock if Spieth does not hold the Claret Jug on Sunday evening.

With 18 holes to play the leaderboard may as well have a backdrop of the stars and stripes. Spieth and Matt Kuchar will take to Royal Birkdale last on Sunday, the contrasting aspirations therein testimony to how the game can span the ages. Kuchar played in the 1998 Open here; Spieth was five at the time.

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