Jordan Spieth wins the U.S. Open, at the gravel pit, and is half way to a single season Grand Slam of Major titles.
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Jordan managed a final round -1 under par 69, to win the U.S. Open with a -5 under par total. It was the much maligned greens that came into play, Dustin Johnson had an Eagle putt on the last to win, but three putted to lose, in an intense and insane last round.
Jordan is the youngest U.S. Open champ since Bobby Jones, and is only the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season. He is now looking to win at St Andrews;
“Can’t win ’em all unless you win the first two.”
“We’re going to go to St. Andrews looking for the Claret Jug. I believe we can get it done if we get the right prep in.”
“It’s hard right now. It’s hard. I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow.”
“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.”
Dustin Johnson finished tied second with Louis Oosthuizen at -4 under par for the tournament. Don’t ask Dustin what he thinks of these greens, he made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch on the back nine, destroying his two shot lead, and his confidence with the putter.
Dustin put a brave face on it;
“I’m disappointed that I three putted the last hole. Other than that, I had a damn good week.”
Louis got into the records book with the lowest back nine ever, carding six birdies in his last seven holes in a blistering finish;
“You sort of forget about everything when you get in that situation of having a chance to win a Major.”
“I wasn’t nervous at all, I was excited. I’ll take a lot out of this week, especially the last three days, the way I played.”
Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Branden Grace tied in fourth position at -3 under par. Branden was right there until his tee shot on the 16th, which went O.B. onto the railway lines.
Jason Day could not continue with his heroics, falling behind and out of contention of the back nine today, finishing T9 at even par in the competition.
World number one Rory McIlroy suddenly came alive today, a last round -4 under par 66, which could, and should have been better;
“I really thought when I held that long putt on the 13th, with 16 and 18 coming up, I could post a number. If I could birdie those two holes coming in and get to four under par, then I thought I would have a really great chance, especially with the way the greens are getting so baked out there today.”
“It would have been a number for the guys to really think about.”
“I felt I hit a good shot on the 15th, but it just came up short. And then the 17th killed me. The last few holes of this golf course haven’t been kind to me all week, and when I look back at this tournament that’s where I’ll rue some missed opportunities.”
“I feel like it’s one that got away, especially the way I putted this week. I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball as well over all four days of a Major Championship, which obviously bodes well for the next few events and the rest of the season.”
An overheard comment; a TV anchor for FOX asked a caddie,
“How much grass? Is there any grass on No. 4 green?”
“Yeah, two blades, and they’re nowhere close to each other.”
Something that made me laugh, on the 17th tee the marshals were waving their arms at the gallery, wanting them to be quiet and stand still. On the other side of the tee a freight train was rumbling passed, all that noise and movement, and the player still teed off.