Outdistancing one of the most competitive leader boards in recent memory while taming the unquestionably volatile Chambers Bay in University Place, WA, Jordan Spieth birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to break a 3-way tie and earn a 1-stroke win in the 115th U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson had the chance to win the tournament with an eagle put on 18, but he 3 putted, including a 4 foot birdie put to force an 18-hole playoff on Monday, that he missed, giving Spieth the win.
Spieth is the first player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in one year since Tiger Woods in 2002 and just the sixth golfer in history to pull off the feat (Ben Hogan did it twice in 1951 & 1953). He is now halfway to joining Bobby Jones as the only two golfers with true calendar-year Grand Slams to their credit.
Tiger Woods won four consecutive majors over the span of two calendar years.
The Chambers Bay course perplexed many a golfer throughout a blustery weekend in Washington in its first run as a U.S. Open course, leaving normally world-class players such as Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy shaking their heads and muttering under their breath while watching their putts go astray on some of the toughest greens to ever grace a modern day major.
However, that didn't seem to bother Spieth -- at least not nearly as much as did the majority of the field. Breaking a four-way tie for first at four-under heading into Sunday's final round, Spieth secured a $1.8 million purse and a spot in golfing immortality with his 2nd career major victory.
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