By: Haley Hodoval, AJGA Communications
2015 Masters Champion and 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Jordan Spieth, made history at Chambers Bay as he became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open since 1923. The 21-year-old finished with a tournament total of 5-under-par 275, simultaneously becoming the sixth player in history to win two majors in the same year, following legendary predecessors Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
“Yeah, I mean, every single thing that I'm able to do, somebody seems to find a history lesson on why I was the youngest to do something or as young as somebody way back when. For me, this is my life,” Spieth shared about his record-breaking performance. “I've now been doing it for a while. I don't really think of my age. I just think of us all as peers. It's cool to be able to have two legs of the Grand Slam now, and to have conquered golf's hardest test.”
Spieth seemingly had the win all but wrapped up after he birdied No. 16, increasing his lead to three strokes, however, the former University of Texas player and AJGA tournament host double-bogeyed No. 17, finishing his final round with a 1-under-par 69. Fellow AJGA alumnus, Dustin Johnson, birdied the par-3 No. 17 and was left with a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 No. 18 to walk away with his first major. Johnson three-putted to finish with a 4-under-par 276, alongside South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, leaving Spieth with his second career major in 2015.
Jordan Spieth wins! Dustin Johnson 3-putts on 72nd hole and Spieth captures U.S. Open at 5-under. pic.twitter.com/ulnBrwNu0S— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 22, 2015
“I can't seem to wrap my head around the finish today. I've tried to think about it since it ended and boy, I feel for Dustin. It's the same feeling I had on 17; I just was able to have another hole to rebound,” Spieth said. “I mean, this is incredible. It's incredible. It will take a little bit to sink in. I didn't think this would be over and I would be holding the trophy. Definitely didn't think that at the time. Obviously pleased.”
Romain Langasque of Le Tignet, France, was crowned the 120th champion of the British Amateur Championship at Carnousite Golf Links, becoming the third Frenchman in history to take home the trophy. Langasque defeated Scotland native, Grant Forrest, 4 & 2 in the 36-hole match-play final in Carnoustie, Scotland, to claim the title.
Along with his memorable win, Langasque earned exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open, the 2015 U.S. Amateur, as well as the upcoming British Open. Langasque will have the opportunity to play alongside golf’s finest come July at the historic St. Andrews Links, the home of golf.
“This is just a dream for me,” said Langasque. “It is just incredible that I am going to play at St. Andrews in one month’s time for the [British Open].”
17-year-old Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ontario, won her first Symetra Tour championship at the Four Winds Invitational, becoming the third youngest winner in the tour’s history. The two-time AJGA champion carded a 10-under-par 206 to win by two strokes calling this win “a big confidence booster.” Selanee Henderson, Giulia Molinaro, Jessica Wallace and Dottie Ardina finished in a four-way tie for second at 7-under-par 209.
University of Virginia player, Derek Bard, claimed the 62nd Annual Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament For Champions in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on June 20. Bard shot a tournament total of 12-under-par 268 surpassing Georgia Southern’s Scott Wolfes by one stroke. Brandon Matthews, Will Grimmer and Chase Koepka posted a three-way tie for third at 10-under-par 270.
Although Bard missed the cut at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier the Sunnehanna Amateur was a nice “consolation” prize sharing that he would, “take this any day.”