UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON (105.3 The Fan) — Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old born and raised in Dallas, has won the U.S. Open.
This historic victory marks Spieth’s multiple majors. He is the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year — the last two were Tiger Woods in 2002, and Jack Nicklaus in 1972.
The Jesuit High School grad is the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923 — as well as the youngest Masters champion since Gene Sarazen in 1922.
Spieth was only 16 when he attended his first Byron Nelson Championship at the tender age of 16.
So dedicated is the young Spieth, he actually missed his high school graduation in 2011 — since he was playing in the Byron at the time.
With its bumpy greens, slick fescue and wild terrain, Chambers Bay was a stern test all week. Branden Grace and Spieth were both at 5 under heading to the reachable par-4 16th. One of the most accurate players off the tee all week, Grace sent his tee shot so far right that it cleared the black chain-link fence denoting out of bounds, bounced down an asphalt path and came to rest against another chain-link fence that separates pedestrians from the train tracks.
The two-shot penalty meant Grace was hitting his third shot from the tee. Spieth rolled in a 25-footer for birdie moments later to reach 6 under for the championship — at that point, he only needed to play two trouble-free holes to win his second straight major.
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