Jordan Spieth now becomes the youngest player ever to have won three separate major championships, taking the record from Tiger Woods.
He showed impressive mental strength to pull away from fellow American Matt Kuchar down the stretch on the final day at The 146th Open.
Englishman Alfie Plant secured the Silver Medal this year.
This year’s attendance surpassed the 230,000 mark set at Royal Liverpool in 2006, making it the largest ever Championship held in England and reflects a 17% increase since The Open last visited Royal Birkdale in 2008.
Record advance ticket sales made it the fastest-
Huge demand for The Open’s official hospitality offering led to all six packages selling out, including the Claret Jug Pavilion, Champions Club and Greenside Club.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “One of the main reasons why The Open is so highly regarded as a world class sporting event is the hundreds of thousands of spectators who generate a very special atmosphere for the players and millions of viewers watching around the world.
The 147th Open will take place at Carnoustie from 15-
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