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Open thriller has Spieth one step closer to Slam

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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 US Open in a heart-stopper yesterday 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 US Open champion.

“I’m still in shock,” he said with the gleaming Open trophy at his side. “I’ve never experience­d a feeling like this. It was a very intense back nine.”

Spieth became only the sixth player to win the Masters and US 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-to-wire runaway at Augusta National. A nailbiter on the edge of Puget Sound.

“I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow,” Spieth said.

“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 now prepares for St Andrews, the next stop on this improbable ride.

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