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Spieth Wins U.S. Open in Topsy-Turvy Finish; Finau 14th, Summerhays 27th
In a page-turning finish 21-year-old Masters Champion Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay with a birdie on the final hole and now has trophies representing ‘Half a Slam.’
The twists and turns of Chambers Bay were evident all week long, but especially so on the back nine of the final day.
For most of the day it seemed to be a battle between Spieth and Dustin Johnson and when Spieth double bogeyed the 17th hole by missing a three-footer it looked like the championship would go to Johnson. However, on the 18th hole Spieth birdied and Johnson returned the three-putt favor by missing a three-footer of his own. Johnson's putt seemed to be prevented from entering the hole by an invisible cellophane cover. Spieth won by the tiniest of margins.
And within one stroke of being the most remarkable player of the week was Louis Oosthuizen who opened the tournament with a 77 and finished with 66-66-67, including birdies on six of the last seven holes for a back nine score of 29, and tied for second with Dustin Johnson, just one shot short of Spieth.
Chambers Bay, a controversial choice of sites, took a public relations beating in the early part of the tournament, but perhaps the sensational and dramatic finish brought it redemption.
Utahns have finished prominently in the past two U.S. Opens with Zac Blair stirring the galleries last year and Daniel Summerhays and Tony Finau capturing headlines this year. Summerhays led the tournament part way through the second round and at the halfway point had posted 70-67-137 and Finau shot 69-68-137.
They didn’t play as sharply the last two rounds of the tournament with Finau shooting 74-71 for 14th place finish at 282 and Summerhays falling to 78-70-285. Summerhays left with a good taste in his mouth with five birdies on the final nine holes.
There were two rookies at the tournament, Chambers Bay and Fox News, but both redeemed themselves a bit at the last moment. Time will tell whether either of them will be back again.