No matter how many Majors he winds up with, Jordan Spieth learned a valuable lesson that so many great players do: sometimes you win because you’re better; other times because the other guy blows it.
Spieth won his second straight Major in Sunday, becoming the first man since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the Masters and the US Open in the same season, with a clutch birdie putt on No. 18 followed by Dustin Johnson missing a 12-foot eagle putt to win and a three-foot putt to force an 18-hole playoff on Monday.
Spieth’s second shot on No. 18 will be one long talked about as it arced around the back of the green while heading for the rough.
Johnson rolled his drive on 18 within 12 feet. Spieth missed his eagle putt but made the birdie to get to 5-under. He fired a 69 on the final day, defeating Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by a single stroke.
If not for his first four holes, it might have been Oosthuizen lifting the trophy on Sunday. He was 3-over through four, then birdied 12-16 consecutively, along with #18.
Spieth also had to withstand the charges of the current and a former No. 1. Adam Scott fired a final-round 64, the best score of the day to climb into a tie for fourth at 3-under. Scott did not have a single bogey on the round.
Current No. 1 Rory McIlroy started the day 4-over, but was down to 2-under through 13 holes with a string of six birdies in his first 13 holes.
But McIlroy faded with bogeys on 15 and 17 and finished with a 66. Jason Day, among the leaders on Days 2 and 3 despite his bout with vertigo, fell off with a final-round 74 to tie for ninth.