What an amazing finish! Jordan Spieth claims his second Major of 2015. He becomes the youngest player to win the Masters and US Open in their career; let alone in the same year. Throughout his entire round, Spieth remained calm, cool and collected. His patience paid off and now the expectations grow exponentially with The Open only a few weeks away.
The entire day followed what appeared to be a predetermined script, except for Louis Oosthuizen’s 29 on the back nine. His six birdies were inconceivable as most players struggled just to break par! He was the tournament leader for a short time, but a tie for second place after opening with a 77 is very respectable.
Jason Day finish tied for 9th – not the Cinderella ending many were hoping for. However, considering his vertigo, just finishing was a great accomplishment. His top-10 finish will garner him an invite for the 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, PA. It may not be much of a consolation right now, but he will appreciate it next year.
Rory McIlroy was tearing up Chambers Bay for 14 holes. Playing to 6-under for the last day was something many fans were anticipating from the world’s number one golfer. His first sub-par round of this Major Championship proved to be just a little too late. Unfortunately, his two bogies in the last 4 holes prevented the finish golfing fans were cheering for.
Branden Grace played beautifully with Jordan Spieth. He was steady, focused and made some clutch shots until the 16th hole. Taking a double-bogey after hitting the fence torpedoed his chances at his first Major. However, being tied for 4th will boost his world ranking and set the stage for future Major championships. Overall, Grace played extremely well in very tough conditions.
Dustin Johnson played the back-nine as he had all week: over-par. For some reason, he could not sustain the momentum he built from the front-nine and as a result three-putted the last hole to miss a playoff with Jordan Spieth. Since his return, Johnson has played extremely well and it is only a matter of time before he claims his first Major.
After all the ranting about Chambers Bay golf course, the scores were on par with previous US Opens. The conditions were a bit crazy, but as with all Major championships, the best players always find a way to be in contention on Sunday. Chambers Bay did play unfairly in some areas, but having a driveable par-4 does added some excitement to the event. Scan through the history books and the same general comments about how tough the course was for previous US Opens will be repeated again and again. Chambers Bay may have been a monster, but it sure produced some exciting golf down the stretch.
Congratulations to Jordan Spieth for winning the 2015 US Open Golf Championship and his second Major of 2015. With two Majors under his belt, the golfing world will begin to wonder if he can win at St. Andrews in just over three weeks. After winning at Chambers Bay, anything is possible. However, I would suggest that Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell might have something to say about it!
The Grateful Golfer – Pundit Arena