By Jason Bruno
Jordan Spieth celebrates after winning the U.S Open at Chambers Bay
University Place, Washington - 21 year old Jordan Spieth continues to amaze. On Sunday, the
World No.2 continued his roll by winning the U.S Open at Chambers Bay just outside of Seattle.
There were many marquee names on the leaderboard coming down the stretch, Adam Scott who
finished early (fired a final round 64), and finished at -3. Rory McIlroy who also posted early, had
a torrid start but fizzled late, finishing at even par after a solid 66. Jason Day who battled
symptoms of vertigo all week just couldn't mount a charge on Sunday. Brendan Grace who was
tied with Spieth before hitting his tee shot out of bounds on the sixteenth and Louie Oosthuizen
who was the best player for the last 54 holes of the event (finished second at -4), but it was
Dustin Johnson who would bring the drama.
In the end it was Spieth (69) and Johnson (70) who thrilled us all. When the Texan drained an
unlikely sidewinder on hole 16 to reach -6, it seemed all but over, but just moments later he
blocked his tee shot right on the par 3 -17th making double bogey and dropping back to -4.
Johnson missed his short birdie putt on the sixteenth, but hit an incredible tee shot on seventeen
and drained the putt to tie Spieth at -4.
Spieth hit two clutch shots to reach the eighteenth in two and two putted for his birdie, finishing
at -5. With the stage set DJ bombed his drive, and left himself a just an iron in, he hit perhaps the
shot of his career to just inside 12 feet left to win the U.S Open. The eagle attempt for the win slid
by some three feet and it seemed a Monday playoff was inevitable . . . but the short attempt to tie
never had a chance to go in, sliding by the edge of the cup. Spieth -5, Johnson -4 . . . Game Over.
It was great theatre on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest on a controversial
track that somehow still produced the games best rising to the top on Sunday.
Dustin Johnson seemed to put the devastating three putt into perspective: “I’m disappointed,
but also I’m disappointed that I three-putted the last hole, other than that, I had a damn good
week. I’m happy with the way I played. I’m happy with everything in my game right now. I had
a chance to win a major again on a Sunday. I thought I handled myself very well.”
As usual Spieth was humble in victory, “I'm still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren't
playing tomorrow. So for that turnaround right there [and] to watch that happen, I feel for
Dustin. But I haven't been able to put anything in perspective yet.”
Jordan Spieth is now half way to the Grand Slam in 2015 and for his career, with the next
major at St.Andrews, who will doubt his chances?