American, Zach Johnson finished a shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen and three ahead of Australian Marc Leishman over four extra holes, claiming his second major title with victory in a three-man play-off on a thrilling final day in the 144th Open Championship..
Earlier, the three ended on 15 under to lead a competitive field at St Andrews.
Jordan Spieth’s hopes of a Grand Slam were ended as he finished on 14 under along with Australia’s Jason Day.
Johnson’s margin of victory over Oosthuizen was just by one. Leishman wilted in the intensity of direct combat, faring three shots worse than the victor. In showing his class, Spieth stood at the 18th green to watch the final exchanges. Johnson shed tears of joy.