Golfer’s collapse shocks: Dustin Johnson Collapse
Published: June 22, 2015
Golfer’s collapse shocks: Dustin Johnson Collapse, Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another major flop for Dustin Johnson. And this one was the worst of all.
With his future father-in-law, Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, looking on at the 18th green, Johnson wasn’t up to the moment. With a chance to win the championship with an eagle, he three-putted from 12 feet, four inches, missing a four-foot birdie putt that would have forced a Monday playoff.
Spieth had opened the door for Johnson with a double bogey on 17 after he had apparently clinched things with a 26-foot birdie putt on 16. Spieth regained his composure and birdied the 18th after reaching it on two.
Trailing by one on the tee, Johnson, using his great length to his advantage, bombed a drive and hit an iron close. But for the fourth time in his career, he threw a major title away.
“I tried my damndest to get in the hole, I just couldn’t do it,” he said.
“It’s hard right now. It’s hard,” Spieth said. “I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow. So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin, but I haven’t been able to put anything in perspective yet.”
Spieth is now halfway to the Grand Slam after adding the U.S. Open trophy to his Masters green jacket.
At 21 with the poise of a 42-year-old, Spieth is the second-youngest player to win the second leg of the Grand Slam, even younger than Tiger Woods. Only Hall of Famer Gene Sarazen was younger. The Mamaroneck great was 20 when he won the U.S. Open and PGA in 1922.
He’s also the youngest winner of the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the sixth player in history to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year and the first since Tiger Woods in 2002. He also gains ground on No. 1 ranked Rory McIlroy, who couldn’t sustain a late charge and finished tied for ninth after shooting a final-round 66.
“Every single thing that I’m able to do, somebody seems to find a history lesson on why I was the youngest to do something or as young as somebody way back when,” he said. “For me, this is my life. I’ve now been doing it for a while. I don’t really think of my age. I just think of us all as peers.
“It’s cool to be able to have two legs of the Grand Slam now, and to conquer golf’s hardest test. The U.S. Open is conquering the hardest layout in all of golf. That’s the way every year. The fact that we did it is amazing. We really grinded this week.”
“You have to be something special to win the Masters and this one back to back,” playing partner Branden Grace said of Spieth. “He’s a huge talent, exactly what golf needs behind Rory and Tiger.”
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