Spieth wins U.S. Open when DJ 3-jacks 72nd hole

Final Round – United States Golf Association – 115th U.S. Open – Chambers Bay – University Place, Washington –

Jordan Spieth became the 6th player in history to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same season.

Spieth (5-under overall for the tournament) captured the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay by a stroke when Dustin Johnson three-putted on the 72nd hole. The 21-year-old, who opened as an 8-to-1 betting pick to start the week at, seemed in control until a double-bogey on the 71st hole.

While Spieth made birdie at No. 18 to finish a shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen, Johnson was on the green in two with a shot to make eagle and win his maiden major title. Instead, DJ three-putted his way out of a Monday playoff.

Johnson, who logged his 9th career Top 10 in a major championship, led by two shots heading into the final holes before his putter began to let him down. He had three shot misses on the final nine and lipped out a few putts on his opening nine as well. DJ shot even par 70.

Oosthuizen fired a back-nine 29 to close with 67 and finish 4-under. It marked T-2 effort for the former Open champion. Starting eight back, Oosty was tied for the lead late in the day. He set records for low 54 holes for rounds 2-3-4 and tied low nine with the 29 strokes.

Adam Scott shot 64 Sunday and was T-4 alongside Branden Grace. The South African Grace played with Spieth and was tied at the top until he made double-bogey hitting a shot Out of Bounce at the 16th hole. Grace logged his first Top 10 in a major.

Cameron Smith, a 21-year-old from Australia, eagled the final hole to finish T-4. Charl Schwartzel and Brandt Snedeker were the only other players to end up under par at 7th and 8th place. Rory McIlroy, Jason Day (74 playing in the final pairing) and Steve Lowry were T-9.

Other Golf news:

  • McIlroy, still the World No. 1 after Spieth’s victory, made a run Sunday in the final round. He was 6-under on his day before two late bogeys. He ended up even par for the tournament.
  • Spieth became the youngest to win the Masters and U.S. Open since Bobby Jones did it in 1922. It marked Spieth’s tour-leading 10th Top 10 of the season.
  • The PGA Tour hosts The Travelers Championship next week in Connecticut at TPC River Highlands. Kevin Streelman is the defending champion.
  • The USGA hosts the U.S. Senior Open next week in Sacramento, California at Del Paso Country Club.
  • The LPGA Tour returns to action next week with the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Stacy Lewis is the defending champion and is looking for her first win of 2015.