Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open after a gutsy birdie on No. 18 at Chambers Bay Golf Club (following a double bogey on the par-3 17th hole.) He is youngest winner of the tournament since Bobby Jones in 1923.
With the win, he joined Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus in winning the first two tournaments of the golf Grand Slam. He will try to keep his hopes for the calendar slam alive this July at the Open Championship.
Spieth went to 6-under and took a three-shot lead after sinking a 26-foot, bending, downhill birdie putt on the par-4 16th. But then Spieth immediately gave the lead back after spraying his tee shot on the par-3 17th into thick gorse on the right side of the hole. Spieth made double-bogey after missing a 4-footer for bogey.
Meanwhile, Louis Oosthuizen made his sixth birdie in seven holes on 18, and Dustin Johnson made birdie on 17, creating a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Spieth at 4-under as Spieth played the par-5 18th.
The tournament became so close that four winners could have emerged in the final three holes (Branden Grace was a co-leader until he hit his drive OB on 16).
Dustin Johnson needed only to two-putt the final green to force an 18-hole playoff on Monday. But nerves got the best of Johnson, who trickled his eagle putt from 12 feet down the hill, but it didn't settle down until it had reached 4 feet past the hole.
Johnson had to putt the 4-footer across the shadow of his legs. And he left the comeback putt to the left, giving the victory to Spieth, who admitted later he was already priming himself for an 18-hole playoff on Monday. It is the second time Johnson has finished in second at a major. He finished second at the Open Championship in 2011.
Spieth boldly told a national TV audience in an interview with Fox's Joe Buck after the U.S. Open that he thinks he can win the Claret Jug at St. Andrew's when the British Open tees off on July 16 as long as he gets the correct "prep" in.
"You can't win them all unless you win the first two," Spieth said.