Jordan Spieth wins 2015 U.S. Open
Matt Cohen | Site Editor
Where do we start?
After an insanely clutch birdie putt on 16, Jordan Spieth was 6-under par and three shots clear of the field. It appeared as though he would moonwalk to a U.S. Open win.
Then on the very next hole, the par-3 17th, Spieth gave two shots back with a double bogey. That put the Masters champion in a tie with Louis Oosthuizen. The South African, who shot a 29 on the back nine Sunday, was also at 4-under par.
But then Spieth, as calm and collected as ever, rebounded on the par-5 18th with a birdie to move to 5-under. Oosthuizen finished at 4-under-par, so that gave Spieth the win, right? Not so fast.
Enter Dustin Johnson. Playing behind Spieth, the 30-year-old was at 3-under par as he walked onto the 17th tee box. A birdie on the par-3 moved him to (-4), tied with Oosthuizen.
On the 18th, Johnson went driver, 5-iron to get on the green in two. After Spieth’s birdie, a Johnson eagle would give him the outright win at 6-under. A birdie would force an 18 hole Monday playoff with Spieth.
Here’s what unfolded:
Watch Dustin Johnson's missed putts to win and force a playoff pic.twitter.com/7tsIAGv9vG
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 22, 2015
Your 2015 U.S Open champion, Jordan Spieth.
“I don’t know right now. I’m in shock. Wow. I watched with Michael [Greller] in there and just wanted a chance on Monday. I felt bad for Johnson. Just proud of the way I rebounded on 18 to win.” – Spieth immediately after Johnson’s missed put.
With the win, Spieth, 21, is now halfway home to the Grand Slam. The British Open at St. Andrews tees off July 16th.
“You can’t win them all unless you win the first two I guess. We’re going to go looking for the Claret Jug and i Belive we’ll be able to get it done if we get the right prep in.” – Spieth on the prospect of winning the Grand Slam.