UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – It’s Jordan Spieth’s world, we’re all just living in it. The 21-year-old shot a final-round 69 to back up his Masters victory with another at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He was handed a gift when Dustin Johnson missed a 4-footer for birdie on the last hole, but a win is a win.
Still, it was a historic week, both because of epic whining about the course and the play of Spieth. One thing is certain, though: the Open Championship just became exceedingly more interesting.
What it means: We head to St. Andrews for the Open Championship with the single-season Grand Slam in tact. Spieth is the youngest player all-time to win the Masters and U.S. Open in a career, he’s the youngest to win multiple major championships since Gene Sarazen in 1922, he’s the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923 and he’s also the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season since Tiger Woods in 2002. Other than that …
Round of the day: Adam Scott shot a bogey-free 64, the best round of the championship by a shot. He began the day tied for 19th place and ended the day tied for fourth. It was a beautiful display of golf, with three birdies on each nine, including two on the last three holes.
Best of the rest: Honorable mention goes to Louis Oosthuizen for the second consecutive day. He was left dead to rights after three consecutive bogeys on Nos. 2-4, but he made five consecutive birdies on Nos. 12-16, then closed with another on the last hole to shoot 67. Oosthuizen shot 29 on the back nine.
Biggest disappointment: Easy one. Dustin Johnson had a two-shot lead at one point, made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch, but still had a chance to send the Open into a playoff with a birdie on the last hole. Instead of two-putting from 13 feet, Johnson three-putted and added another heartbreaker to his already disappointing major record. This one has to hurt the most.
Shot of the day: Spieth made double bogey on the 17th hole and needed to make something happen on the par 5 home hole. In the middle of the fairway, he smoked a shot from 274 yards to within 16 feet, setting up an eagle chance. He missed the putt, but made birdie and it was good enough to win by a shot.
Quote of the day: “It's hard right now. It's hard. I'm still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren't playing tomorrow. So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin, but I haven't been able to put anything in perspective yet." - Spieth