In the end, it came down to nerve. It always does.
The most tense Major in years reached a crescendo on the back nine, with Jordan Spieth and co. offering a finish that was mesmerising and painful to watch in equal measure. Dustin Johnson was two shots clear heading into the back nine, but bogeyed three of his next four holes. Outsider Branden Grace was in contention right up to the 16th hole, before almost driving his ball straight onto the adjacent train tracks.
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Jason Day put in a Herculean effort having collapsed from vertigo on Friday, but ultimately fell away. Another South African in former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen ran the main protagonists close with his stellar final three rounds of 66, 66 and 67, but the stage was set for a showdown on the last between Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.
Having birdied the 16th hole, Masters winner Spieth had a three shot lead, but the 17th would show us that the young phenom is still human, as he skyed it 30 yards right, making double bogey to keep it tight once again. Johnson birdied the 17th to match Spieth’s birdie on 18 to stay one behind with one to play. After a monster drive and approach, Dustin had just over 12 feet for eagle, and two putts would have guaranteed a playoff.
The rest, as they say, is history.