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Jordan Spieth solidifies himself as a star

By: John Galletley

By winning both the Masters and US Open, Jordan Speith has solidified himself as one of golf's biggest starts.

By winning both the Masters and US Open, Jordan Speith has solidified himself as one of golf’s biggest starts.

Jordan Spieth has had a quick rise to fame and greatness so far in his young career even before this tournament, winning the Masters earlier this year. Now he also has a US Open under his belt in the same year and did it in legendary fashion.

Spieth came into the final day tied for the lead with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, and Branden Grace at four under par. Day fell off quickly and Grace was not able to keep up in the end, but this was definitely not a cakewalk for Spieth. Louis Oosthuizen was able to make things interesting in the back nine by birdying five holes in a row and six of the last seven holes. That would get him to four under par and have the lead in the clubhouse.

The real battle for most of the day seemed to be between Spieth and Johnson. It was a roller coaster of back and forth bragging rights between the two of them. Both were six under at one point, but Johnson fell off a little when he bogeyed the 10th, 11th, and 13th holes. Johnson quickly collapsed and allowed the door to open for Spieth. Spieth would take advantage of his opportunity with one of the biggest putts of his career on the 16th hole. At first, it looked like the putt would come up just short but the ball was able to find its way in the hole.

That shot would end up being big insurance for Spieth as he went into his final two holes. However, he made things a little too close for comfort on the 17th by hitting a shot in the rough and missing a makeable bogey shot that ended up being an unfortunate double-bogey. He would birdie the final hole, but would open the door up for Johnson who was in the group behind him. Luckily for Spieth, Johnson choked on the final hole when he had an opportunity to putt for an eagle to win. He not only missed that, but he would miss an easier birdie putt that cost him everything.

Spieth has quickly risen to the top as one of the world’s top golfers. In fact, he is currently ranked second in the world just behind Rory McIlroy who finished at even par for this tournament. After coming up just short in last year’s Masters, he has had an unbelievable year to make up for it, winning this year’s Masters and just added a US Open title to his belt. At 21-years-old, he is already halfway to a career Grand Slam. Winning at his age has put Spieth in high historical company.

He is the first male to win multiple majors before his 22nd birthday since Gene Sarazen in 1922, he is the youngest winner of the US Open since Bobby Jones in 1923, and is the sixth man to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam in the same year (the last being Tiger Woods in 2002).

Winning the US Open by itself is an amazing accomplishment but to win it at such a young age like Spieth has, you can only imagine what kind of future he will have in the sport of golf.

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Want to talk sports? John Galletley is the man to go to. He has been following sports of all kinds since he was a child but had a first love for baseball being in a family of Yankees fans. He also loves to travel and has used sports in order to do this including taking several road trips to MLB stadiums and other sports venues. John has always dreamed of working in the sports world and wants to make his way there as a writer in order to follow the philosophy of never working a day in your life if you love what you do.

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