In a memorable finish, 21-year old Jordan Spieth captures his first United States Open and his second career major championship. For those keeping track, that means Jordan has won the 2015 Masters and 2015 United States Open. He is two-for-two and St Andrews is next. His fledgling career is just growing by leaps and bounds and he just does not understand he is not supposed to be this good this fast. How good?
Jordan Spieth Accolades Adding Up Already
-He is the youngest to win US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923.
-He won his second major champion in just his ninth major championship start.
-He is just the sixth player to win Masters and US Open in same year (Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Craig Woos).
-He is the youngest player to win multiple major championships since Gene Sarazen in 1922.
-Jordan Spieth joins Tiger Woods as the only players to win four times before their 22nd birthday since 1940.
Unfortunately, Dustin Johnson made a three-putt par on the 72nd hole where a two-putt birdie forces a Monday playoff and a made 12-foot eagle would have won the US Open. Johnson has been growing up and will need to put this behind him as fast as possible. I did take a bit of irony out of Greg Norman commentating while Johnson stumbled and Spieth almost lost with a double-bogey on 17. But the metal of the young Spieth was proven on 18. Think about this, Spieth made three double-bogeys this week but followed two with a birdie including the 72nd hole. That is the heart of a champion. Congratulations again Jordan! You deserve it.
The Grand Slam Next?
Well here we are again and it feels a little but like the early part of the 2000s when Tiger Woods was just out of this world. Jordan Spieth has won the first two legs of the Grand Slam capturing the 2015 Masters and Us Open. Can he really win the Grand Slam? Anything is possible but let’s remember he is only half way with St Andrews lying in waiting.
Let’s face it, it’s unlikely at best that he can pull it off. His biggest test might just be St Andrews as he goes across the pond to play an “away game” against the World’s best including Rory McIlroy. Would it be great to see? Of course it would but it is just not likely. That being said, I will be pulling for Jordan without a doubt. Jordan is taking it in stride. When asked about the Grand Slam he gave the best possible answer
“Can’t win em all unless you win the first two I guess”
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