Masters champion Jordan Spieth added another chapter to golf’s record books with a nerve-jangling victory by one shot at the U.S. Open on Sunday after a wildly fluctuating final round of high drama.
The American young gun sank a curling 28-footer to birdie the 16th and forge three ahead, then shrugged off a double-bogey at the 17th before becoming just the sixth player to slip into a green jacket and hoist the U.S. Open trophy in the same year.
Though Spieth birdied the par-five last to close with a one-under-par 69, he then had to watch as fellow American Dustin Johnson, in the final pairing, had a 12-foot eagle putt to win it at the 18th.
Johnson’s putt slid past the cup and he missed a four-foot birdie putt coming back miss out on forcing an 18-hole playoff on Monday.
The 21-year-old Spieth posted a five-under total of 275 as he became the youngest winner of the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923.
“I’m in shock,” Spieth told broadcaster FOX. “Wow. I watched it with (caddie) Michael (Greller) in there.
“I just wanted a fighting chance tomorrow. I feel bad for Dustin. I had that feeling on 17. I’m just proud of the way we rebounded on 18.”
Johnson, seeking his first major crown, had to settle for a share of second place with South African Louis Oosthuizen, who sensationally birdied six of the last seven holes, including five in a row from the 12th, for a 67.