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Jordan Spieth wins in dramatic finish

Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson.

Chambers Bay delivered heart-stopping drama Sunday in the U.S. Open when Spieth birdied his final hole to become only the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. The real shock was not that he won, but how he won.

Moments earlier, Spieth could only watch as Johnson had a 12-foot eagle putt for the victory. Johnson ran the putt just over 3 feet past the cup, and his short birdie attempt to force a Monday playoff rolled past the lip.

''I'm in shock,'' Spieth said, who now goes to St. Andrews next month in his pursuit of golf's holy grail - the calendar Grand Slam.

For all the criticism of Chambers Bay, this was theater at its finest.

Spieth looked like he had this wrapped up when he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, turning toward Puget Sound before he pumped his fist. With Branden Grace hitting a tee shot onto the railroad tracks to make double bogey, Spieth had a three-shot lead.

And then it was gone.

He took double bogey on the 17th hole. Louis Oosthuizen made one last birdie - six of his last seven holes for a 67 - to post at 4-under 276. Johnson, who had a two-shot lead at the turn until missing so many putts on the back nine, was forgotten.

Spieth, a wire-to-wire winner at Augusta National, showed he can be clutch. He drilled a 3-wood off the back slope to 15 feet and two-putted for his birdie and a 69 to finish at 5-under 275. Johnson, in the final group behind him, made a 4-foot birdie on the 17th and needed a birdie to force a playoff.

He blasted his drive so far that he only had 5-iron to the par-5 18th, and that rolled up to 15 feet left of the hole. Make it and win. Two putts for a playoff.

He made par.

It was the fourth heartache for Johnson in the majors, and this was the worst.

Spieth was waiting to use the bathroom when Johnson came out. It was an awkward pat on the back. There wasn't much to say.

Jason Day, who collapsed on Friday with vertigo only to rally for a share of the 54-hole lead, fell back with missed putt and was never in the hunt on the back nine. He closed with a 74 to finish five shots behind.

66 for Rory McIlroy but falls short

Rory McIlroy was left regretting a cold putter as his hopes of a second US Open win came up agonisingly short at Chambers Bay.

The world number one started the day eight shots adrift of the leading quartet and seemingly out of the championship picture.

But in a superb display of shot-making, the 26-year-old Northern Irishman rattled in six birdies in 13 holes, the last of which was a monster 70-foot putt.

At that stage he was just two shots shy of the lead, with some birdieable holes ahead. Suddenly he looked capable of winning and also becoming the first man to score 62 in a major.

But a three-putt on the par-three 15th took the wind out of his sails and two holes later another dropped shot effectively ended his challenge.

He eventually settled for a 66 to stand at even par for the tournament.

No fifth major for McIlroy then, but he said there were plenty of positives to be taken from his week in the US Pacific Northwest.

"When I look back, obviously 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," he said.

"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."

It's the second major in a row that McIlroy has left himself with too much to do in the final round following his charge up the leaderboard to place fourth at the Masters in April.

That is something he said he will work hard on over the next few weeks ahead of the British Open at St Andrews in mid-July.

"Of course I take a lot of positives out of this," he said.

"The long game is really in good shape. I've never hit the ball as good in a major championship for four rounds.

"I was really dialled in all week and confident with that. And if I can just get the putting a little bit better and roll a few more in and get a little bit of confidence with that going, I see nothing but positive signs for the next few months."

Next up for McIlroy will be another appearance in the Scottish Open in Gullane, East Lothian in two weeks time.

"I'll go probably (to St Andrews) the weekend before the Scottish Open or even the Monday, Tuesday of the Scottish Open and play a couple of practice rounds," he said.

Worn out Jason Day fades to a 74

Jason Day was simply zapped.

All the energy and effort needed to get through his third round caught up with the Australian on the final day of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

On another warm, grinding afternoon, Day couldn't muster up the energy needed for the final round. Still feeling the effects of vertigo, Day closed with a 4-over 74. After shooting a remarkable 68 in the third round, Day was still on the verge of contention when he made it through the front nine at 1 over.

But he bogeyed two of the first four holes on the back nine and couldn't make birdie putts at the 11th and the drivable par-4 12th.

Day said he started feeling better after the 12th hole on Sunday after feeling worse as the day went on in the third round.

Billy Horschel slams USGA over Chambers Bay

Billy Horschel stepped to the microphone with an air of excitement.

Now that his U.S. Open was complete, Horschel let loose with a string of complaints about the condition of Chambers Bay this week, specifically the quality of the putting surfaces.

''We're looking for something that's very consistent. Every green is very consistent. And this week they're not,'' Horschel said. ''The only two greens out here that are really good are 13 and 7. And No. 10 is not too bad. But other than that, it's just a very disappointing week to be here.''

Horschel's emotions were on full display during his final round on Sunday. After missing a short par putt on the sixth hole, Horschel feigned slamming his putter into the green - although he says he was at least a foot above the putting surface. On the ninth hole, Horschel made emphatic zig-zag motions with his hand after his putt hopped back and forth on its way past the hole.

Normally a 3-under par round in the final round of the U.S. Open would be cherished.

''I played awesome golf today. I played out my tail to shoot 3-under par. And I really felt like I should have shot 6, 7 or 8-under, but I wasn't able to due to the fact that some of the putts I hit just hit some really bad spots on the greens and got off line and didn't go in,'' Horschel said.

Horschel added he understands that fans are not interested in hearing complaints from players but that the conditions of this week needed to be brought to attention. He also brought up the fans and the difficulty in spectators being able to get around the course and close to the action. The course has been roped for safety and not for the ability of fans to clearly see what's happening.

''I think a lot of players, and I'm one of them, have lost some respect for the USGA and this championship this year for the greens,'' Horschel said. ''And not only the greens, one of the biggest issues I have is for the fans. Here we are in the Pacific Northwest, where we haven't been since the late '90s for the PGA Championship, and the viewing is awful.''

Greens come in for heaviest criticism

The shimmering waters of Puget Sound and the lone tree towering over the 15th green will go down among the iconic images of the 115th U.S. Open.

But so might the Fox television shot of a Brandt Snedeker putt where the ball was shown rolling across the 15th green, then popping into the air before returning to earth and resuming the ground-transportation portion of its journey.

That shot from the final round captured the criticism of the Chambers Bay greens that had become a daily feature of the tournament.

On Friday, Henrik Stenson said the greens looked like broccoli.

On Saturday, Rory McIlroy picked cauliflower.

On Sunday, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter and others ran out of vegetables but not complaints.

“Obviously there’s going to be a great champion crowned today and everyone will be happy,” Horschel said. “But we don’t complain a lot. … And when we do, I think we really need to be taken seriously on this. I think a lot of players, and I’m one of them, have lost some respect for the USGA and this championship this year for the greens.”

Poulter, who finished 11 over, took to Instagram where he posted a picture and called the greens “simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen on any tour in all the years I have played.”

Among those with a personal stake in the reality and the criticism of the greens was Darin Bevard, director of agronomy for the USGA.

“I have great respect for all these guys out there,” he said at the start of the Sunday rounds.

“They’re the best in the world at what they do. So if someone who is a great professional golfer says something, people like to listen, and rightfully so. But … pick your greens: They don’t make every 12-footer they look at there either, whether they’re rolling smooth or not. I think some of it is the snowball rolling down the hill effect.”

While the U.S. Open golfers are among the best in the world at what they do, so are those tending to a U.S. Open course. But for all that expertise and experience, Bevard admits the greens were of inconsistent quality as the fine fescue won some battles and the poa annua won others.

“Some people have criticized the greens in a very professional and objective manner,” he said. “Others have used words like ‘embarrassing,’ and ‘horrible,’ which I think is a little over the top. It doesn’t bother me.

“But I can tell you, you’ve got 30 guys over in that maintenance facilities that have worked their butts off to get to this point; and a bunch of volunteers and everything else. Those are the guys who I feel bad for — especially Eric Johnson (Chambers Bay director of agronomy) and Josh Lewis (golf course superintendent) because they’ve done a fantastic job for us. It’s a little bit unfair to them.”

Bevard also stressed that the condition of the course will matter to the golfers of Pierce County and those drawn from around the world, long after these pros are off to their next tournament.

“When we stand here right now and talk about the U.S. Open on Chambers Bay, on Monday it isn’t going to be the U.S. Open on Chambers Bay anymore, it’s going to be what’s best for Chambers Bay and the golfer who play here on a daily basis,” he said “So I think that’s what they need to look at.”

Scores

Jordan Spieth -5 (68-67-71-69=275) -1(69) F
Louis Oosthuizen -4 (77-66-66-67=276) -3(67) F
Dustin Johnson -4 (65-71-70-70=276) E(70) F
Adam Scott -3 (70-71-72-64=277) -6(64) F
Branden Grace -3 (69-67-70-71=277) +1(71) F
Cameron Smith -3 (70-70-69-68=277) -2(68) F
Charl Schwartzel -2 (73-70-69-66=278) -4(66) F
Brandt Snedeker -1 (69-72-70-68=279) -2(68) F
Jason Day E (68-70-68-74=280) +4(74) F
Rory McIlroy E (72-72-70-66=280) -4(66) F
Shane Lowry E (69-70-70-71=280) +1(71) F
Matt Kuchar +1 (67-73-72-69=281) -1(69) F
Kevin Kisner +1 (71-68-73-69=281) -1(69) F
John Senden +2 (72-72-70-68=282) -2(68) F
Andres Romero +2 (71-69-71-71=282) +1(71) F
Tony Finau +2 (69-68-74-71=282) +1(71) F
Patrick Reed +2 (66-69-76-71=282) +1(71) F
Sergio Garcia +3 (70-75-70-68=283) -2(68) F
Geoff Ogilvy +3 (69-72-75-67=283) -3(67) F
Jason Dufner +3 (68-72-73-70=283) E(70) F
Jamie Lovemark +3 (70-68-75-70=283) E(70) F
Charlie Beljan +3 (69-75-69-70=283) E(70) F
Hideki Matsuyama +3 (70-71-72-70=283) E(70) F
Brooks Koepka +3 (72-72-70-69=283) -1(69) F
Thomas Aiken +4 (74-71-73-66=284) -4(66) F
Billy Horschel +4 (72-72-73-67=284) -3(67) F
Justin Rose +5 (72-70-72-71=285) +1(71) F
Henrik Stenson +5 (65-74-72-74=285) +4(74) F
Francesco Molinari +5 (68-73-72-72=285) +2(72) F
J.B. Holmes +5 (72-66-71-76=285) +6(76) F
Marc Warren +5 (68-74-72-71=285) +1(71) F
Daniel Summerhays +5 (70-67-78-70=285) E(70) F
Tommy Fleetwood +5 (74-69-73-69=285) -1(69) F
Keegan Bradley +5 (73-71-72-69=285) -1(69) F
Morgan Hoffmann +5 (71-74-74-66=285) -4(66) F
Alexander Levy +5 (70-69-73-73=285) +3(73) F
Jimmy Gunn +5 (72-73-70-70=285) E(70) F
Brian Campbell (a) +5 (67-72-78-68=285) -2(68) F
Paul Casey +6 (72-69-73-72=286) +2(72) F
Joost Luiten +6 (68-69-74-75=286) +5(75) F
Troy Kelly +6 (72-73-72-69=286) -1(69) F
Jim Furyk +7 (71-73-73-70=287) E(70) F
Robert Streb +7 (74-70-73-70=287) E(70) F
Ollie Schniederjans (a) +7 (69-73-72-73=287) +3(73) F
Denny McCarthy (a) +7 (71-73-71-72=287) +2(72) F
Brad Fritsch +8 (70-74-72-72=288) +2(72) F
Kevin Na +8 (70-72-72-74=288) +4(74) F
Webb Simpson +8 (72-73-71-72=288) +2(72) F
Kevin Chappell +8 (69-75-73-71=288) +1(71) F
Lee Westwood +9 (73-69-77-70=289) E(70) F
Sam Saunders +9 (72-72-76-69=289) -1(69) F
Ryan Palmer +10 (74-70-73-73=290) +3(73) F
Nick Hardy (a) +10 (70-75-77-68=290) -2(68) F
Ernie Els +11 (72-70-76-73=291) +3(73) F
Ian Poulter +11 (72-73-69-77=291) +7(77) F
Cameron Tringale +11 (75-68-74-74=291) +4(74) F
Mark Silvers +11 (72-71-75-73=291) +3(73) F
Luke Donald +12 (73-71-73-75=292) +5(75) F
Brad Elder +12 (76-68-76-72=292) +2(72) F
D.A. Points +12 (74-71-77-70=292) E(70) F
Jimmy Walker +12 (72-73-72-75=292) +5(75) F
Beau Hossler (a) +12 (71-72-73-76=292) +6(76) F
Jack Maguire (a) +12 (73-68-73-78=292) +8(78) F
Phil Mickelson +13 (69-74-77-73=293) +3(73) F
Angel Cabrera +13 (70-75-74-74=293) +4(74) F
Colin Montgomerie +13 (69-76-72-76=293) +6(76) F
Marcus Fraser +13 (71-71-77-74=293) +4(74) F
Cheng Tsung Pan +13 (71-72-76-74=293) +4(74) F
Ben Martin +13 (67-70-86-70=293) E(70) F
George Coetzee +14 (72-73-72-77=294) +7(77) F
Andy Pope +14 (74-71-77-72=294) +2(72) F
Zach Johnson +15 (72-72-78-73=295) +3(73) F
John Parry +15 (72-73-71-79=295) +9(79) F
Camilo Villegas +20 (72-73-80-75=300) +5(75) F
Chris Kirk +21 (70-73-80-78=301) +8(78) F





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