Spieth wins stunner at Chambers Bay for Open title
Jordan Spieth is halfway home to the Grand Slam, a prize only three of the biggest names in modern golf have ever chased.
And he still can’t believe how he got there.
Spieth won the U. S. Open in a heart- stopper Sunday with a turn of events even more wild than the terrain at Chambers Bay. He thought he had it won with a 25- foot birdie putt on the 16th hole. He threw away a three- shot lead one hole later. He made birdie on the final hole. And then he thought it was over as Dustin Johnson settled in over a 12- foot eagle putt for the victory.
Three putts later, Spieth was the U.S. Open champion.
Spieth became only the sixth player to win the Masters and U. S. Open in the same year, and he joined Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in getting the first two legs of the modern slam that Palmer created on his way to St. Andrews in 1960.
That’s the next stop for the 21- year- old Texan whose two major championships could not be any more different. A wire-towire runaway at Augusta National. A nail-biter on the edge of Puget Sound.
And another major heartache for Johnson.
Johnson reached the par-5 18th with a 5-iron — that’s how far he smashed his tee shot on the 601-yard hole.
Make the putt and he wins the U.S. Open. Two putts would force an 18-hole playoff Monday on a course that favors power.
Spieth now prepares for St. Andrews, the next stop on this improbable ride.
Woods in 2002 was the last player to get the first two legs of the slam.
Spieth finished at 5- under 275 in winning for the third time this year. He is still No. 2 and closing fast on Rory McIlroy, who has top 10s in both majors this year without being a serious contender.
Spieth becomes the first player since Jones to make birdie on the 72nd hole to win the U.S. Open by one shot — all because of Johnson’s three-putt. He also became the youngest player with two majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922.
The final hour was so wild that four players could have won over the last two holes.
Spieth hit into the fescuecovered mounds right of the 17th and made double bogey just as Oosthuizen made one last birdie — his sixth over the last seven holes — for a 67 to post at 4-under 276.
Jason Day, who collapsed on Friday with vertigo only to rally for a share of the 54-hole lead, fell back with missed putt and was never in the hunt on the back nine. He closed with a 74 to finish five shots behind.
Grace never recovered from that double bogey on No. 16 and shot 71 to tie for fourth with Adam Scott (64) and Cameron Smith (68).
Jordan Spieth holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay, Washington on Sunday, June 21.