Jordan Spieth Wins US Open After Dustin Johnson 3-Putt on 18th (Video)
Jordan Spieth won his second consecutive major title today when he followed up this year’s Masters victory with a first-place finish at the US Open. Sadly, the story was as much about this year’s second-place finisher, Dustin Johnson, as it was about the 21-year-old phenom from Texas.
Not to take anything away from Spieth’s marvelous performance, which saw him give up a one-stroke lead on the 17th hole with a double-bogey, only to regain it on the par-5 18th with a birdie (after reaching the green in two). But with Dustin Johnson having already put himself in a good position to reach the 18th green in two, Spieth’s birdie on the final hole looked like it would only be good enough to earn him an 18-hole playoff against Johnson on Monday.
And after Johnson actually did make the green in two, with a 12-foot putt left for eagle and the US Open victory, Spieth’s birdie was looking like it may no longer even be good enough for a playoff.
But then this happened:
Watch Dustin Johnson’s missed putts to win and force a playoff pic.twitter.com/7tsIAGv9vG
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 22, 2015
Three putts. Par for Dustin Johnson. US Open Championship for Jordan Speith.
For a tournament that had many of the golfers complaining about the difficulty of the greens at Chambers Bay golf course, a three-putt (which began from just 12’4″ away, according to the Fox tracker) to lose the championship seems like an appropriate way for this US Open to end.
It just sucks if you’re Dustin Johnson…
…Or maybe not.
Hat Tip – [The Cauldron]