Dustin Johnson has three-putted the final hole to hand Jordan Spieth the 2015 US Open.
Jordan Spieth is on track for a grand slam after he added the 2015 US Open to go with his Masters victory, in the process he became the youngest US Open winner in 92 years.
The victory came in dramatic circumstances that saw the Masters champion fighting it out with South African Branden Grace, Luis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson.
Grace ended his chances of winning when he hit his golf ball out-of-bounds at the par-3 16th hole that handed Spieth a three shot lead. Fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen stormed home making birdies on six of his final seven holes to get in the clubhouse at 4-under par.
Spieth then shocked everyone by driving into the deep fescue on the right of the 17th hole and eventually holed out for double-bogey meaning the tournament was still very much up for grabs.
When Spieth two putted for birdie on the par-5 18th hole, the only other person that could catch him was Johnson in the following group. After the big hitting American smoked a 5-iron 247 yards to 10 feet, it looked like Johnson looked at least set to make a Monday 18-hole playoff with Spieth.
Johnson’s eagle putt was always on the high side and it leaked three feet past the hole. Needing to make the putt to force a playoff, Johnson pulled the putt left handing the trophy to Spieth.
While it wasn’t a victory for any of the Australians, it was a week full of great stories with five finishing in the top-20.
Scott led the field in driving distance this week and Sunday saw the former Masters champion piece all elements of his game together to fire the low round of the tournament. The bogey-free round of 6-under 64 sent Scott rocketing up the leaderboard and his clubhouse leading 3-under par for the tournament meant he was not out of the realm of possibility that he could be in with a shot of winning, or at least making a playoff.
Ultimately, it wasn’t quite enough but Scott looked solid with Steve Williams back on the bag. It may just be a coincidence but it may have been enough for Scott to get some confidence back. We’re expecting good things from Scotty for the rest of the year.
Cameron Smith produced one of the great débuts in major championship history finishing in a tie for fourth place, also at 3-under par. Smith is a future star of Australian golf, if not the present, and he capped off an extraordinary round with a stunning approach shot for a tap-in eagle on the closing par-5 18th hole. Smith looks set to secure a PGA Tour card – his finish earns him an unlimited number of invites to PGA Tour events for the rest of the season.
It was a mighty effort for Day to even be playing in the tournament, let alone in with a shot to win it. After a week battling the best that is Chambers Bay and the effects of vertigo, Day looked spent for most of Sunday. Birdies on the fifth and eighth holes provided a glimmer of hope as the leaders hovered around 5-under par. But a double-bogey on the 13th pushed Day back down the leaderboard, eventually finishing in a tie for ninth place.
Day’s effort was amazing given his illness and his Saturday round is firmly placed as one of the great rounds in US Open history.