Cue the Grand Slam chatter, break out the record books and let the Tiger Woods comparisons commence.
Jordan Spieth — already with a Masters green jacket in his closet — will go to the British Open at St. Andrews next month seeking his third consecutive major championship victory of 2015.
After a week’s worth focus at this U.S. Open centered on controversial 8-year-old public golf course, Chambers Bay, its bumpy greens and the way the USGA been set it up, finally the focus is where it should be: On the winner.
The 21-year-old Texan, whose mature, humble demeanor equals his extraordinary talent and poise under pressure, became the first player since Woods in 2002 to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.
With the victory, Spieth became the youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922. He became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923. And he became only the sixth player in history to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.
In a dizzying final hour, there were three pressure-point moments of truth that shaped the tournament.
The final, decisive, moment came with Dustin Johnson three-putting from 12 feet on the 72nd hole to hand the trophy to Spieth, who one hole earlier appeared to have thrown the tournament away with a three-putt double bogey on 17 that brought Johnson, among others, back into the mix.
Johnson — who is making a dubious career out of leaking away major championships in final rounds — stood over a 12-foot eagle putt on 18 to finally capture his first career major. He slid the eagle try 4 feet past and then stared down the comebacker that would at least have forced an 18-hole Monday playoff with Spieth.
“I’m in shock,’’ Spieth said as Johnson, looking utterly dazed, walked off the 18th green carrying his new-born child in an effort to soothe the pain. “Wow. That’s … I watched with Micheal [Greller, his caddie] … and I just wanted a fighting chance [in a Monday playoff]. I feel bad for Dustin. I had that feeling on 17.’’