A dramatic three-putt by Dustin Johnson on the 72nd hole led to Jordan Spieth winning the 2015 US Open
Jordan Spieth wins US Open
Dustin Johnson stood over a 15-foot putt eagle putt on the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay to win his first Major, he missed it and then the birdie putt on the way back to hand Jordan Spieth his second Major.
Round four started at Chambers Bay with four players tied for the lead following Saturday’s Action. Souh African Branden Grace, Australian Jason Day and Americans Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
Spieth had a slow start and while others were finding birdies early on Spieth seemed to be hanging on with a bogey and a birdie on the front nine.
Dustin Johnson had managed to get himself into a two-shot lead at the turn, but then went on to bogey 3 out of the first 4 holes on the back nine to seemingly fall out of contention.
The real drama started on 16 where Spieth and Branden Grace were both sitting at five-under-par on the tee. What followed was an out of bounds, a poor chip and then a magnificent birdie putt and Spieth was suddenly three shots clear.
But there was still golf to be played and Spieth hit an awful shot off the 17th tee and then a short missed putt led to a double bogey.
Just as that was happening Louis Oosthuizen was finishing off on the 18th and he birdied six of the final seven holes to suddenly post a four-under-par clubhouse lead. The Open 2010 Champion who will be looking forward to St Andrews in July.
Johnson then hit a superb tee shot into 17 and made a putt to suddenly also be on four under. At this point Spieth, Oosthuizen and Johnson were all at four under.
Spieth then hit his second into the par-5 18th hole to 15 foot, but couldn’t hole the eagle but tapped in for birdie to knock Oosthuizen out of contention.
Johnson had hit a monster drive on 18 and hit a 5-iron into the green to seemingly leave himself in a position to win before he let the chance out of his grasp.
The Chambers Bay course, which has come in for all sorts of criticism, was playing a little shorter than usual and there was some better scoring than had been seen over the first three days.
Rory McIlroy made the first big move of the day, when he birdied a huge putt on 13 he ws two-under-par and just two shots back, having started 8 shots behind overnight. However a missed birdie putt on 14 seemed to take the wind out of his sails and he finished level par for the tournament.
Adam Scott shot a wonderful round of 64 to hold the early clubhouse lead at three under par. The Australian had managed to persuade Steve Williams to come back and be his caddie for the event and it certainly seemed to have a positive impact on him.
Jordan Spieth is the youngest winner of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923, and following his win at The Masters in April is halfway to a Grand Slam of getting all four Majors in a year.
Spieth said “I am looking forward to getting to the home of golf and it will be something special getting to St Andrews and being Masters and US Open champion.”
Spieth’s caddie is from the Chambers Bay area and he felt that having him on the bag led to them getting great support “We felt we were crowd-favourites and it really helped us get round the course all week”
The tournament will always be remembered for what was one of the most dramatic and entertaining final days of Major Championship golf.
US Open 18-21 June
Par 70, $9,000,000
1 Jordan Spieth (USA) 68-67-71-69 275
T2 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 77-66-66-67 276
T2 Dustin Johnson (USA) 65-71-70-70 276
T4 Adam Scott (AUS) 70-71-72-64 277
T4 Cameron Smith (AUS) 70-70-69-68 277
T4 Branden Grace (RSA) 69-67-70-71 277
7 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 73-70-69-66 278
8 Brandt Snedeker (USA) 69-72-70-68 279
T9 Rory McIlroy (NIR) 72-72-70-66 280
T9 Shane Lowry (IRE) 69-70-70-71 280
T9 Jason Day (AUS) 68-70-68-74 280
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage