Jordan Spieth is making a serious case for himself as the next Tiger Woods. Earlier this year, the 21-year-old Texan became the second-youngest player, behind Woods, to capture the Masters -- tying Woods for the lowest score at Augusta, Georgia, with a 72-hole set.
On Sunday, Spieth became the youngest U.S. Open golf champion since 1923, when Bobby Jones held the bragging rights. Spieth's performance this year has ignited comparisons to Woods, who also won both the Masters and U.S. Open in 2002.
Spieth had to endure a thrilling finish in the 112th U.S. Open to join that exclusive two-man club. In the final round, he shot a one-under 69, finishing with a five-under 275 total, just a single point ahead of fellow American Dustin Johnson and South African Louis Oosthuizen, who ended up tied with a 276 in the final day at Chambers Bay, in Washington state.
Johnson, who was chasing his third major championship for the year, actually had a chance to force an 18-hole playoff but missed a four-foot putt in the final hole. Prior to that shot, he missed a 12-foot eagle putt.
Afterward, Spieth said he could not believe he would emerge victorious from the four-man field of him, Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace. “I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow,” Spieth said. “So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin, but I haven’t been able to put anything in perspective yet.”
Spieth, whose caddie Michael Greller began his career at Chambers Bay, capitalized on his opportunities, highlighted by a 27-foot birdie shot at the 16th, which put him ahead by three with just two holes remaining. His double-bogey on the preceding hole left the door open for Johnson, but Spieth managed to hang on.
Johnson still felt good about the outcome of the tournament and revealed that he felt good about his putt tries, even though they failed. Watch how Johnson let victory slip away in the clip below: