Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the thrilling conclusion of the Open Championship at St. Andrews, where Zach Johnson won his second major, Jordan Spieth narrowly missed out on capturing the third leg of the Grand Slam and Dustin Johnson coughed up the 36-hole lead.
It’s easy to forget now, now that Zach Johnson sealed his spot in the Hall of Fame and Jordan Spieth came tantalizingly close to the third leg of the Grand Slam, but do you remember the 36-hole leader at this Open?
The fifth-ranked player in the world? Yeah, he didn’t even finish in the top 10. Or the top 25. Heck, he was barely in the top 50. Dustin Johnson, who bashed his way to the halfway lead, closed with rounds of 75-75 to drop all the way to T-49, 11 shots back.
It was a shocking collapse for a player whose length is so overwhelming that he had 11 wedge shots per round on the Old Course. Coming on the heels of his 72nd-hole three-putt at Chambers Bay, this performance will inspire little confidence that DJ will soon redeem himself at Whistling Straits, site of one of his other major blowups. - Ryan Lavner
Apologies to Zach Johnson, who deserved to win the Open Championship, but Jordan Spieth was the star of the show Monday, battling to the end to keep his Grand Slam hopes alive. There was almost no room for error with so many players bunched coming down the stretch in tough conditions. Johnson earned the win and Spieth deserves our admiration for making his Grand Slam run such good theater. Spieth continues to show he knows how to command a stage, even in defeat. He made this Open compelling even falling short. - Randall Mell
For five wet and windy days the Old Course was second-guessed like never before. The ancient links were too short, too exposed to the elements, too, well "old" to be a legitimate major venue.
Yet for all the handwringing the Old Course delivered, one of the most compelling major finishes in recent memory complete with an eclectic cast of contenders – from short-hitting Zach Johnson to the bombing likes of Jason Day – and a fitting finish. Like so many things in life, the Old Course keeps getting better with age. - Rex Hoggard
I know Jordan Spieth didn't win, but he came thisclose, and without his best stuff. He had the worst putting round of his career earlier in the week. He had a "four-putt" in the final round. He shot 14 under for the week even with a round of even-par 72. He didn't come to St. Andrews early to acclimate himself with a course he'd only played once before, instead honoring his commitment to play the John Deere. I know his game doesn't overpower golf courses, but I can't foresee any golf course being too tough a task for the kid (wait, he turns 22 on July 27th - that still constitutes a kid, right?). - Bailey Mosier