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Golf: Spieth wins U.S. Open after Johnson three-putts final hole

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- American Jordan Spieth birdied the final hole to win the 2015 U.S. Open on Sunday and become the youngest winner of the event since Bobby Jones in 1923 after Dustin Johnson three-putted from inside of 13 feet on the 72n...

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Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the first hole of the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. USA TODAY SPORTS

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. - American Jordan Spieth birdied the final hole to win the 2015 U.S. Open on Sunday and become the youngest winner of the event since Bobby Jones in 1923 after Dustin Johnson three-putted from inside of 13 feet on the 72nd hole.
Spieth, who won The Masters in April, shot a one-under round of 69 to finish the championship at 5-under. He is halfway to the calendar grand slam and the 21-year-old is the youngest player to win two career grand slam events since Gene Sarazen in 1922.
“I’m in shock,” Spieth said. “I feel bad for Dustin.”
His victory came after a dramatic final hour at Chambers Bay, the controversial host course of the 115th U.S. Open.
Spieth and South African Branden Grace came to the drivable par-4 16th hole tied for the lead at 5-under, two shots ahead of Johnson. Grace hit his drive out of bounds and wound up with a double bogey while Spieth drained a 26 1/2-foot putt to take a three-shot lead.
Spieth promptly flared his tee shot on the par-3 17th into deep fescue, got onto the green with his second shot and three-putted for a double bogey of his own. Meanwhile, another South African, Louis Oosthuizen, birdied the par-5 18th hole to tie Spieth and grab the clubhouse lead.
Spieth reached the 18th with his second shot and had an eagle putt from 15-feet, 4 inches that he missed left of the cup for a tap-in birdie.
Meanwhile, Johnson was in the fairway after smashing his drive on the 602-yard 18th hole nearly 400 yards. He put his approach shot to 12-feet, four inches from the pin, setting up his own look at eagle.
He missed the putt to the left and it slid about five feet past the hole. His comeback attempt missed the cup to the left.
Oosthuizen put himself into the mix when he reached 3-under par with a string of five consecutive birdies from 12 through 16. He then birdied the par-5 18th hole to reach 4-under and take the clubhouse lead.
Oosthuizen opened the tournament with a 7-over 77 playing alongside Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler on Thursday, but got himself back in contention with a pair of 66s the next two days.
Australian Adam Scott shot the low round of the tournament on Sunday, a 6-under 64 to get into the clubhouse at 3-under and pressure the leaders, who had just made the turn. But he was eliminated when Oosthuizen drained his putt on 18.
“I needed to make a run today and it was interesting as I went along just to see how the course was set up,” Scott said. “It played really well and I took advantage of some of the holes playing a bit shorter and didn’t have any disasters out there and hit a few good shots and took advantage of them.
“It’s kind of what I needed to even think about having a chance.”
“I think they did a very good job of setting (the course) up fair all week,” Scott said. “If you hit good shots, they were getting rewarded.”
Scott’s 64 was one shot off the record for the lowest round ever posted in a major tournament. It was the first tournament for Scott after he asked former caddie Stevie Williams to return to his bag for the rest of the year.
“It was great to have him back on the bag this week,” Scott said. “Obviously we have a great record in the big tournaments, and there is definitely something to that.”
Scott was joined at 3-under by Grace and Cameron Smith, who came within four inches of holing out with his second shot on the 18th hole.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy made a mid-round charge with six birdies to reach 2-under and get within two shots of the lead. His momentum stalled when he sandwiched a par at the drivable par-4 16th with a pair of bogeys on par-3s.
“Post 4-under par, birdie those two holes coming in, then I thought I had a great chance,” McIlroy said. “When I look back ... the last few holes of this golf course haven’t been kind to me all week. And when I look back at this tournament that’s where I’ll rue some missed opportunities.
“I feel like it’s sort of one that got away, especially the way I putted this week. I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball as well in a major championship.”
NOTES: South African George Coetzee borrowed a driver from Alex Noren, who missed the cut, after the head of his driver snapped off while teeing off on the 10th hole. Coetzee was allowed to replace his club since it was broken during the normal course of play. ... Brian Campbell finished as the low amateur for the tournament at 5-over following a final-round 68. ... Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for 64th place after carding a final-round 73, his third round in the seventies after opening with a 69 on Thursday.

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