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Spieth wins in thrilling finish to add to Masters crown

Jordan, 21, lands his second major title in three months with triumph at Chambers Bay

They said golf had never seen anything like Chambers Bay before. Well, golf had never seen anything like this climax before, as Jordan Spieth was gifted the US Open when Dustin Johnson three-putted from 12 feet on the final hole.

Spieth could barely believe it. Nobody could. In a half hour that stretched incredulity to breaking point, the momentum switched so quickly it was almost impossible to tell who was at the tiller. Yet after Johnson’s calamity from four-feet, it was Spieth who was left with his hands on his second major title in three months.

Of course, it was not the way Spieth wanted to win. He was in shock. “I’m still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren’t playing tomorrow [in an 18-hole play-off,” Spieth said. “To watch that happen, I feel for Dustin. But I haven’t been able to put anything in perspective yet.

When he does he will understand a win is a win and this one happens to be an historic win. He became the youngest US Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923 and the first player to win multiple major championships before his 22nd birthday since Gene Sarazen in 1922. Yet these were not the only legends with whom Spieth has linked his name. Jason Day was in a tie for ninth. In a share of the lead after 54 holes, his final-round 74 for a level-par total was anything but a disgrace. 

Alongside Day were two Irishman in Shane Lowry - who moved into the top 50 with a distinguished showing - and Rory McIlroy. The world No 1 actually harboured hopes of the most unlikely victory when going through his first 13 holes in six-under. But two late bogeys derailed his charge and he was left to take the positives from what was a brilliant week tee-to-green.

“I’ve never hit the ball as good in a major,” McIlroy announced. ”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 St Andrews and the next few months.”

McIlroy will certainly need to be at his very best - because Spieth is on his tail. With only 47 years between them, they remarkably hold all of the four major titles. Heading to the Home of Golf, the sport’s great burgeoning rivalry is most definitely on.

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