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US Open Golf 2015 Leaderboard: Results and Top Moments from Chambers Bay

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2015

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21:  Jordan Spieth of the United States glances at the trophy after winning the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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What were you doing at the age of 21? Hitting parties, frequenting bars, living for the weekend? You probably weren't winning back-to-back major championships like Jordan Spieth, that’s for sure.

The American sensation kept his cool on a whirlwind final day at Chambers Bay to win the U.S. Open crown, just a couple of months on from clinching the coveted green jacket at the Masters. As we can see here, courtesy of Sky Sports News HQ, he joins an illustrious group to have won the first two majors of the year:

Sky Sports News @SkySportsNews

Spieth becomes only the sixth player to win the the first two majors of the year. #SSNHQ http://t.co/T7Rp3WMTBD

But it wasn’t smooth sailing for Spieth. With that in mind, here’s a look at the final leaderboard from the 2015 U.S. Open and a recap of some of the standout moments from a thrilling Day 4.

Oosthuizen’s Late Surge

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21:  Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa waves on the 17th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
David Cannon/Getty Images

At the beginning of the day, with four men tied for the lead at four-under, the expectation was that one of Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace would emerge victorious on Sunday evening. But Louis Oosthuizen thrust himself into the mix with a stunning late surge.

After struggling on the front nine with a 38, the South African hit six birdies in the final seven holes to come home in 29, putting him in the clubhouse at four-under par for the tournament. As noted here by PGA Tour player Kyle Thompson, it was a stunning turnaround for Oosthuizen:

Kyle Thompson @KyleThompsonPGA

Louis Oosthuizen was +9 through 1st 20 holes this week and now is -4 and tied for the lead. That's why you never give up!!

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It was a remarkable run. The 2010 Open champion had struggled for rhythm around the undulating Chambers Bay course all week, but he hooked it up extraordinarily on the home stretch to give himself a tremendous chance of earning his second major.

So near, yet so far.
So near, yet so far.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

As noted here by the European Tour Twitter feed, it was an almost unprecedented run of scoring at a U.S. Open:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Oosthuizen's back nine 29 ties the #USOpen record for lowest nine hole score.

Ultimately, it was a burst of birdies which proved to be in vain. But Oosthuizen should be delighted with his closing effort, and it just goes to show, as Johnson himself was about to find out, that anything can happen in the closing stages of a major championship.

Johnson Collapses, Hands Spieth Glory

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21:  Dustin Johnson of the United States watches his missed birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by D
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“On the last green, I was thinking, ‘This is why I’m here. This is why I play the game of golf,'” said Johnson following the drama on the 18th green, per Ewan Murray of the Guardian. “It just didn’t work out.”

With an eagle putt from 12 feet to win the U.S. Open, the big-hitting 31-year-old had the chance to seize his maiden major crown in the most exciting fashion imaginable. But as he knocked his effort back past the hole, there was an unshakeable sense that the likeable American was going to hand this trophy to Spieth.

He did exactly that.

Breathe Sport captured the moment Johnson lost the title:

Johnson has come close to major glory before—but never this close. He’d played beautifully from Day 1 around this treacherous course, driving brilliantly and holing clutch putts throughout the week—right up until the 18th green, anyway.

Johnson played superbly at Chambers Bay.
Johnson played superbly at Chambers Bay.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

So instead of lifting the title himself or coming back on Monday for a playoff, Johnson surrendered the top spot to Spieth, who probably hasn’t received the credit he deserves amid the thrilling finish. ESPN Stats & Info put his achievements into context:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Youngest Players to Win Masters & U.S. Open In Same Year 2015 Jordan Spieth-- age 21 2002 Tiger Woods-- age 26

Spieth also played tremendously well, and his birdie at 18 was oozing with the aura major champions possess.

He carried himself around the course with a swagger on Day 4, and even after he hit a double-bogey at the par-three 17th, the Texan recovered to birdie the last and shift the pressure back onto the chasing pack.

Spieth recovered magnificently after a double at 17.
Spieth recovered magnificently after a double at 17.Andrew Redington/Getty Images

As noted by ESPN’s Skip Bayless, Spieth just keeps on backing up his talent:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Congrats to Jordan Spieth. Backed up Masters breakthru w/ Open win. Nearly blew it w/ double at 17. Got it back w/ birdie at 18.

By contrast, Johnson couldn’t handle the heat, and although he’ll be at a low ebb now, players have emerged from horror finishes before—think Rory McIlroy at Augusta in 2011 and Adam Scott at Lytham in 2012, neither of whom had won a major—to go on and win big tournaments.

For the American, hopefully this harrowing experience will see him battle-hardened as he looks to banish memories of Chambers Bay for good. Sadly, after such a dramatic, engrossing and downright uncomfortable finish, that’s likely to take some time yet.

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