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Dublin: 18 °C Thursday 6 August, 2020

Jordan Spieth wins the US Open on a day of scarcely-believable drama

Two down, two to go for young Master Spieth.

Image: Lenny Ignelzi

JORDAN SPIETH WON the US Open in a sensational finish which saw Dustin Johnson three-putt from 12 feet on the 72nd hole.

Spieth clinched his second successive Major with a winning score of five-under-par at Chambers Bay, finishing one shot clear of Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Golf’s newest superstar becomes the first player to win both the Masters and the US Open in the same season since Tiger Woods in 2002, and at 21-years-old, the youngest player to win two Majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922.

Spieth birdied the 18th hole for a closing round of 69 but was made to wait to see if Johnson, playing in the final group, could match him.

After reaching the green in two, Johnson had a 12-foot putt for an eagle that would have given him the outright win and his inaugural Major title.

He missed, and then sensationally missed the three-foot birdie putt that would have brought both men back to Chambers Bay for an 18-hole playoff on Monday.

Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Branden Grace finished in a tie for fourth on -3 while Irish pair Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry shared ninth place on level par.

It was McIlroy who ignited the drama on a day full of twists and turns. The world number one started his final round eight shots behind the leaders but shot six birdies in his first 13 holes to draw within two and threaten a remarkable comeback.

His charge petered out with bogeys at the par-three 15th and 17th but it set the tone for what was to follow.

After opening with three early bogeys, Oosthuizen propelled himself from nowhere right back into contention as he reeled off six birdies from his last seven holes to take the clubhouse lead at four-under par.

That mark seemed unlikely to be enough when Spieth drained a monster putt on the 16th to move to six-under-par while his playing partner and long-time challenger Grace double-bogeyed.

It left the world number two with a commanding three-shot lead with two holes to play before he threw the door wide open with a double-bogey of his own on 17.

While Spieth teed off on his final hole, Johnson rolled in a birdie on 17 to join him in the lead on four-under-par.

But in a Herculean test of nerves, Spieth produced a glorious second shot before two-putting for birdie while Johnson choked with his destiny squarely in his own hands.

- Originally published 03.44

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