Jordan Spieth was the last man standing after an incredible and amazing finish to the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay. It made for the best prime time viewing of the weekend for sure.
The 21 year-old made history this week, joining a select group of golfers to win the Masters and the US Open championships of the year (Craig Wood, Ben Hogan – twice, Arnold Palmer, Jack Niclaus & Tiger Woods.
“Those names are the greatest that have ever played the game, and I don’t consider myself there,” Spieth said. “But certainly I’m off to the right start in order to make an impact of the history of the game.”(AP)
Spieth is also the youngest player to win the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923. He is also the youngest player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win 2 majors by the age of 22 years-old. What this young man is doing is nothing short of incredible.
The back nine at Chambers Bay provided some of the best US Open excitement and drama that has been seen in a long time. The last 90 minutes or so of the tournament there was almost minute-to-minute shuffling of places on the leaderboard.
The day started with four players tied at 4-under par. Jason Day, Brandon Grace, Dustin Johnson and Spieth started Sunday staring each other right in the face. No secrets that this was going to be a shoot-out and a war of attrition all rolled into one. And they did not disappoint.
Louis Oosthuizen made a nearly historical run only to finish one shot back of Spieth at (-4) for the week. Amazing considering he staggered to an opening round 77 on Thursday playing with Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler (neither made the cut).
Branden Grace was right in the fight all day playing along side Spieth in the penultimate group until a wayward tee shot on the par 4 16th hole eliminated him from any chance of winning. Graces tee ball went O.B. right of the bunkers and he made a double-bogey while Spieth stepped up and sank an incredible birdie putt for a 3 shot swing.
Jason Day was out of gas. Fighting through the weekend with a bout of vertigo, the Aussie gave a valiant effort but he had nothing left in the tank of the back nine Sunday.
Dustin Johnson, on the other hand, had plenty of bullets in the gun. The problem for him was finding the bottom of the cup.
“I did everything I was supposed to do,” he said. “I hit the ball really well. I’m proud of the way I handled myself and the way I played today. I just really struggled getting it in the hole today. I don’t think I was hitting bad putts. I thought I was hitting them pretty good they just weren’t going in.”(USGA.org)
On the 72nd hole, Jordan Spieth hit an outstanding hydrid into the back side of the green and watched it roll on to about 15 feet or so. He 2-putted for birdie and a one-stroke lead of Dustin Johsnon and Louis Oosthuizen. Then is was DJ’s turn.
After a monstrous drive, Johnson hit a 5-iron into the green that left the ball 12 feet away from victory. It was not to be.
After missing the winning eagle putt, Johnson had a 3-footer to send the 115th US Open to an 18-hole playoff on Monday. Again, it was not to be. He pulled the putt just a hair and I rolled just left of the cup to everyone’s amazement.
Now Jordan Spieth has the chance to become only the 2nd golfer ever to win the Master, US Open & The Open Championship all in the same year. Ben Hogan won all three in 1953.
Good Luck kid!!! We are all pulling for you!
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