His win comes with a fair bit of history;
- First player to win both the Masters and U.S. Open to start a season since Tiger Woods in 2002
- The youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922
- The youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923
The 21-year-old finished the tournament at five under par after a birdie on 18 put him one-shot clear of Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.
Johnson came to the 18th tee with a chance to win and ripped his shot straight into the fairway.
His approach left him about 12 feet for an eagle and the win, but a disastrous three-putt ruined his chances of winning outright or forcing a Monday playoff.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Johnson has seen the wheels come off in the final round of a U.S. Open that he had the chance to win. This loss must feel particularly deflating, given the chance to walk off 18 no worse than heading for another round of golf.
But, as it had for much of the afternoon, Johnson’s short game picked a terrible time to let him down.
On the other hand, Spieth’s win in his second major championship in the span of two months and will inevitably lead to many conversations about his ability to carry the torch for American golf into the coming years.
On this day, at least, and so far this season, Spieth has proven to have mettle under the toughest of circumstances, so early returns are good.