All eyes of the golfing world were on Chambers Bay in Washington as it hosted the 115th U.S Open in June 2015. The U.S Open is historically one of the more demanding majors, with courses set up to make scoring incredibly difficult. Over the years, the U.S Open has been characterised by tight scoring with a premium placed on accuracy and discipline. In short, the U.S Open tests every inch of a golfers mental and physical talent.
Spieth's Second Major
Following his success in the Masters, Jordan Spieth arrived at Chambers Bay as the man to beat and favourite backers were not disappointed as the young American won his first U.S. Open and consecutive major titles, one stroke ahead of runners-up Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.
Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson both posted rounds of 65 to share a 5 under lead after the first round with Spieth 3 strokes behind the pair, but his second round of 67 for 3 under par resulted in a tie Patrick Reed for the 36-hole lead. Louis Oosthuizen moved into contention with a third round score of 66 , but he was still 3 shots behind the quartet of Jason Day, Branden Grace, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth sharing the lead heading into the final round.
In the final pairing with Jason Day, Dustin Johnson recorded two birdies on the front nine to move ahead of the pack, then lost it with bogeys on three out of four holes to begin the back nine. In the penultimate pairing, Jordan Spieth and Branden Grace both birdied the par-4 12th to tie, but Grace fell from contention on the 16th after his drive went out of bounds and he made double bogey. Spieth holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the 16th to open up a three-stroke lead, but then three-putted for double bogey on the par-3 17th to fall into a tie with Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen began the round three shots off the lead and quickly dropped further behind with three consecutive bogeys on the front-nine. Beginning at the 12th, however, Oosthuizen birdied six out of his last seven holes to tie Spieth. At the par-5 18th, Spieth hit the green in two and proceeded to two-putt for birdie. Johnson recovered from his bogey streak with a birdie at the 17th, then also found the 18th green in two. Faced with a 12-foot eagle putt to win the championship, Johnson's attempt rolled three feet past the hole, then missed his birdie putt to tie, which meant that instead of expecting a Monday playoff, Spieth suddenly gained a one-stroke victory for his second consecutive major title.
A Look Into History Books
At the tender age of 21, Spieth became the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones triumphed in 1923 and is now credited as being the youngest golfer to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year, surpassing Tiger Woods who won both in 2002 when he was 26. With his 2015 U.S. Open success, Spieth joined Woods in a select group of golfers to have won the the first two majors of the year; Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), and Jack Nicklaus (1972).
Rory McIlroy’s incredible display in 2011 saw him break the tournament par and aggregate score as the Northern Irishman finished -16, completing his four rounds in 268 strokes. McIlroy became the second Northern Irishman to with the U.S Open after Graeme McDowell had won it the year before.
In total the U.S Open has had 84 different winners, with 56 of those champions from the U.S.A. Scotland and England have 16 different winners between them and the next most successful nation is South Africa who have had 3 different winners. Martin Kaymer’s victory in 2014 was the first time a German has won the U.S. Open.
Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus lead the way in terms of individual titles, claiming four each and they are followed Tiger Woods and Hale Irwin who have won three each.