"It was a handsome morning to play golf".
Hard-hitting, soft-speaking Xander Schauffele dominates his Class of 2011 showdown with Spieth and joins Justin Thomas as '11's latest major champion, in the process becoming the first major victor whose name starts with an X and officially joining the game's upper echelon.
Masters champion Patrick Reed almost went home after making double bogey on No. 15 and bogey on 16, but parred the final two finishing holes to make the cut on the number at 3 over par.
Watching Justin Rose finishing last night when he knew exactly what he needed to do to make the cut was fascinating. "Besides that, things didn't happen".
"I will try. I won't totally give up".
Rose almost missed the cut Friday, but a clutch putt on 18 for birdie in Round 2 - his only hole under par on the day - got him to 3-over and just inside the cutline. He got a big cheer from the crowd after rolling in his putt to avoid heading home.
Rose was far from the only player going low on Saturday.
"Gratitude just to be here", said Rose, who had no bogeys on his card. "Twenty minutes ago, I was not very delighted".
"Gratitude just to be here, " he said.
As he hoped the clement weather conditions might change for when the leaders went out later, Rose said birdies at the final two holes had at least made his final round on Sunday more than a case of just going through the motions.
Johnson, meanwhile, never recovered from a triple bogey on the 18th hole in his first round.
He birdied three of the last six holes, including an approach to six feet on the 18th for birdie, shot 71 and wound up making it with one shot to spare.
Woods made life easier on himself with a stunning approach to the 10th to set up a tap-in birdie before launching a thumping drive on the 11th which finished just a few feet left of the green, from where the 14-time major victor easily two-putted from long range for his fifth birdie of the day. 1 and 2 in the world, missed the cut.
It was all Sandy Lyle could do to hold back the tears as one of the greatest Scottish golfers in history bowed out of the British Open for probably the final time on Friday.
"But no, I think at this stage".
He might just be the victor, you know. Once you make the cut, you can have a good weekend. He was grafting, struggling, not holing putts or even looking like he was going to make one before one finally dropped on the 18th.