​US Open Golf: The United States Show

Jordan Spieth, the World no. 2 behind Irishman Rory Mcllroy and 21-year old American golfer, became the youngest player to win the US Open Championships (one of the four Majors in the year) since Bobby Jones in 1923. Remarkably, this young man is only third youngest golfer overall to win multiple tour events after Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. He defeated fellow American veteran Dustin Johnson by one shot in a nerve-wracking final round, where Johnson only managed to three-putt in the final hole. He started with an opportunity to Eagle and win his first-ever Major ever (after coming painfully close twice in 2010), but Johnson missed the hole, and then went on to miss a 4-foot birdie putt, and failed to force a playoff with Spieth—who could do nothing but watch from the clubhouse after he finished at 5 under for the championships, pulling back a double bogey in the penultimate hole with a birdie in the final hole. Johnson’s agony at missing the 8-foot eagle was in stark contrast to Spieth, who didn’t even expect it to go to the playoffs after he let nerves dictate his last few holes. Eventually, Johnson finished at 4-under with South African Oosthuizen, falling short yet again when it mattered. 

Later on, Spieth admitted that he had American Golfer and 2013 Masters Champion Adam Scott’s autograph in his room at his family home. Scott tied the course record on the final day, storming to fourth place after Mcllroy’s comeback was cut short. Spieth became only the sixth player to win the Masters and US Open title in the same year. It keeps him on course to become the first player ever to win all four majors in the year, with The Open and the USPGA Championships to follow later this year. Woods had won all four majors, but over two years in 2000 and 2001. As of now, Mcllroy holds two Majors, and Spieth holds the other two Majors—with the rivalry between the youngest Champions soaring to new heights. Mcllroy has won 4 Majors totally, and Spieth has won 2. Mcllroy is 26 to Spieth’s 21, and Golf looks to be in safe hands after the professional demise of 39-year old 14-time Major Winner Tiger Woods, who failed to make the cut again this year. 

Spieth will now train his eyes on taking the Claret Jug away at The Open. Everyone is already speaking of Spieth being the only golfer right now who can challenge whizkid Mcllroy in the long run. This should be a decade to savour, after the passing of guard. 

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