Jordan Spieth was left in a state of disarray as he witnessed fellow American Dustin Johnson three-putt on the last from just 12 feet at the US Open on Sunday. Johnson set himself up beautifully on the last as he managed to approach the final green in two with an eagle putt which would see him win his first ever major.
Spieth carded a steady round of 69 on a course which has come under great criticism throughout the week by many top players. The current Masters Champion started the final round tied with Johnson, Jason Day and Brendan Grace on four under-par. But stumbled at the first hurdle with a bogey at the first which was inevitably ranked the hardest hole of the course. Three birdies at 8,12 and 16 saw him move away from the rest of the field and set himself up with a three shot lead going into the final two holes. A way-ward tee shot on 17 and a three putt saw him walk off the green with a double-bogey to bring him crashing back down to earth. Two tremendous shots followed on the 18th to secure a birdie and the clubhouse lead.
Dustin Johnson finished the front nine in to 2 under-par but those shots were soon lost as he bogeyed three out of the first four holes after the turn. A birdie at 17 put him one back from Spieth and is looked a sure thing Johnson would be extending the tournament as smashed a drive down the middle at 18 and put his approach just 12 foot away for eagle. A single putt would see him win the tournament outright and a simple two putt would see the two American’s head back out for a play-off, but Johnson could do neither. A three putt which saw the big hitting American miss out on yet another major win.
One person’s demise is another’s gain. This situation was no different as Spieth clinched his second major of his career and of this year, setting him up for the grand slam at the tender age of 21.
The generic and conventional thing to do under the circumstances seems to be comparing Spieth to Rory Mcilroy and why not? The two best players in the world at the moment share all the current major titles, with Mcilroy winning the British Open and PGA Championship last and of course Spieth winning the Masters and US Open this year. Five years separates the age of the two but both still have plenty of years to dominate the sport. Mcilroy has won a total of four majors but is yet to add the Masters title to his collection. The one advantage Spieth currently holds over the Northern Irishman. He is also the youngest player to win the first two majors of a season post war and fourth all time. So the question is, who is going to follow in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods and dominating the Majors for the next decade to come?