Jordan Spieth took home his second major championship of his career and of the year Sunday in a thrilling finish to the 2015 U.S. Open, raking in yet another massive payday for the 21-year-old.
A $10 million purse is the largest the tournament has ever seen and tied for the largest in golf, and just short of $2 million of said money will be going Spieth's way after he edged Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke. He wasn't the only golfer to receive a big check, as the top 25 finishers all placed in six figures.
Here's a breakdown of the prize money payouts, along with a closer look into a wild final round.
2015 U.S. Open Prize Money Earnings
|1||Jordan Spieth||$1.8 million|
Purse information courtesy of GolfWeek.com
Just a little over 12 feet of short fescue green was the only thing that stood between Dustin Johnson and his first major championship. And even after his eagle opportunity for the win rolled three feet past the hole, one short birdie putt would have clinched an 18-hole playoff with Spieth for Monday.
It just wasn't meant to be.
With a one-putt opportunity to win the championship and a two-putt chance to force a playoff, Johnson three-putted to grant Spieth his second major title. After coming around the turn six strokes below par with a two-stroke lead, he bogeyed three of four holes from holes 10-13 and couldn't go birdie-birdie in his final two to extend it into Monday.
It marked yet another instance of coming up short on major Sunday, as ESPN told:
Although he's been in position to win a major before, Johnson hasn't lost any of them in quite this suffocating of a manner. With that said, he had no trouble finding a silver lining on Father's Day, as per Golf Channel's Randall Mell:
As Johnson's chances for a major title faded down the stretch, another golfer emerged from the wreckage to give Spieth and Co. a run for their money. Oosthuizen dazzled on the back nine, shooting 29 for the final nine holes while birdieing six of his last seven holes.
Oosthuizen nearly made the biggest turnaround in major championship history, before coming up just one stroke short, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:
While Oosthuizen and Johnson will both take home well over $800,000 for their efforts, nearly a million more than that will be going the Spieth's way. It marks just another drop in the well for Spieth's incredible tournament wins on the PGA Tour for his career, as Jason Sobel of ESPN noted:
It's safe to say that Spieth was preparing himself for a Monday playoff, up until the moment that Johnson's birdie putt rolled off to the side. For that reason, it was expected that the win hadn't sunk in for Spieth, as Golf Channel's Jay Coffin told:
“It's hard right now. It's hard. I'm still amazed that I won, let alone that we weren't playing tomorrow. So for that turnaround right there, to watch that happen, I feel for Dustin, but I haven't been able to put anything in perspective yet."
Soon, it will come into a very clear perspective what Spieth is on the verge of. But for now, it's understandable that he can't really fathom it, as Art Stapleton of The Record observed:
Six golfers have accomplished what Spieth just did in winning the Masters and the U.S. Open back to back, but what comes next hasn't proved as simple. Out of the esteemed list that includes Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, only Ben Hogan has turned around to make it three out of three at the British Open.
In a few short weeks at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Spieth will get his chance to follow in Hogan's footsteps. And after what he's been able to accomplish thus far in 2015, you can't put it past him.