- one putt wins the US Open Championship,
- two putts force an 18-hole playoff with Jordan Spieth on Monday,
- three putts… runner-up to Spieth.
Three putts later, Spieth won the 2015 US Open.
Around the water cooler, you might hear that Johnson faltered and/or choked in the clutch. Since The Benchwarmers want you to be the smartest tool in the shed, here are the five things cool kids need to know about this year’s US Open:
1 – WHAT JORDAN SPIETH DID TO WIN
After dropping a 25-foot birdie putt on 16, Spieth had a three-stoke lead heading into the final two holes. Johnson’s opportunity to win would not have happened without Spieth’s double-bogey disaster on 17. Spieth recovered and birdied 18, the first player to do so in a US Open since Bobby Jones in 1926. “It was mine to lose and mine to win on those last two holes”, Spieth said. “16 and 18 are the best holes I played all week.”
2 – WHAT DUSTIN JOHNSON DID TO GET A CHANCE TO WIN
Johnson needed back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 if he was to force a playoff. He got the first, but not the second. NOBODY has ever won a US Open with an eagle on 18. NOBODY. “I had a lot of putts on the back nine from six feet in that I missed, Johnson said afterwards. “I did everything I could, it just wasn’t my time…during the week, all you want is the chance to win on the back nine on Sunday.” Golfers rarely get such a chance shooting three bogeys on the back nine BEFORE the 18th hole.
3 – IT’S OFFICIALLY “THE SUMMER OF SPIETH”
At 21, Spieth is the youngest player ever to win his first two majors. He’s the youngest two-time major champion since 1922, and the youngest to win two majors in the same season since 1923. He’s just the sixth player ever to win two majors in the same year. Golf has a legitimate young star, and the first rider on the Grand Slam Train in decades. Next stop? Scotland.
4 – TIGER WOODS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
Ranked 195th in the world, Woods missed the cut for just the second time in 19 US Open appearances. His 80 and 76 rounds were the worst combined 36-hole score in all of his 308 professional starts on the PGA Tour. Last week, Woods celebrated the seventh anniversary of his last major victory. It appears Woods hasty return to golf after surgery will continue to ensure hasty exits after tournament opening rounds. Next up for Woods is the British Open. “Hopefully it will be a little bit better,” Woods sighed while leaving Chambers Bay earlier this weekend.
5 – JASON DAY IS OK
After Friday’s collapse on the ninth hole due to vertigo, Day played in the final group on Sunday and shot even for the round to finish tied for 9th. “I felt nauseous all day,” Day said afterwards, while announcing that he will withdrawl from next week’s Travelers Championship in order to focus on receiving medical care to treat the condition.