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Masters Champ Jordan Spieth Wins U.S. Open Title

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Andrew Redington—Getty Images Jordan Spieth poses with the trophy for after winning the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., on June 21, 2015

The real shock was not that he won, but how he won

(UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash.) — Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson.

Chambers Bay delivered heart-stopping drama Sunday in the U.S. Open when Spieth birdied his final hole to become only the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. The real shock was not that he won, but how he won.

Moments earlier, Spieth could only watch as Johnson had a 12-foot eagle putt for the victory. Johnson ran the putt just over 3 feet past the cup, and his short birdie attempt to force a Monday playoff rolled past the lip.

“I’m in shock,” Spieth said, who now goes to St. Andrews next month in his pursuit of golf’s holy grail — the calendar Grand Slam.

For all the criticism of Chambers Bay, this was theater at its finest.

Spieth looked like he had this wrapped up when he rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole, turning toward Puget Sound before he pumped his fist. With Branden Grace hitting a tee shot onto the railroad tracks to make double bogey, Spieth had a three-shot lead.

And then it was gone.

He took double bogey on the 17th hole. Louis Oosthuizen made one last birdie — six of his last seven holes for a 67 — to post at 4-under 276. Johnson, who had a two-shot lead at the turn until missing so many putts on the back nine, was forgotten.

Spieth, a wire-to-wire winner at Augusta National, showed he can be clutch. He drilled a 3-wood off the back slope to 15 feet and two-putted for his birdie and a 69 to finish at 5-under 275. Johnson, in the final group behind him, made a 4-foot birdie on the 17th and needed a birdie to force a playoff.

He blasted his drive so far that he only had 5-iron to the par-5 18th, and that rolled up to 15 feet left of the hole. Make it and win. Two putts for a playoff.

He made par.

It was the fourth heartache for Johnson in the majors, and this was the worst.

Spieth was waiting to use the bathroom when Johnson came out. It was an awkward pat on the back. There wasn’t much to say.

Jason Day, who collapsed on Friday with vertigo only to rally for a share of the 54-hole lead, fell back with missed putt and was never in the hunt on the back nine. He closed with a 74 to finish five shots behind.

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Phil Mickelson Drops the Best Golfing Humble Brag Ever

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David Cannon — Getty Images Phil Mickelson speaks to the media following a practice round ahead of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia.

Lefty’s got 99 problems but a green jacket ain’t one

Phil Mickelson likes to have one of his prized green blazers on him during a round of golf, you know, in case it gets cold.

According to the three-time Masters Tournament winner, he relishes in showing up to corporate events with a green jacket in tow. (The jackets are awarded to the winners of the annual Masters Tournament).

“If it was chilly in the morning, I would pull it out,” Mickelson told reporters ahead of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t carry three [green jackets] around with me, but I would say, ‘I’ve got two more if you’re cold.’”

However, Mickelson admits he’s got to be careful whom he brags in front of.

“Some people can take it, some people can’t,” he joked.

Mickelson is scheduled to tee off on Thursday morning alongside Rory McIlroy for the first round of the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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What’s Not To Love About Bubba Watson’s Masters Win?

Bubba Watson's amazing Masters win combined humility, a special moment with his son and even a run to Waffle House

For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson won the Masters tournament on Sunday, and this time the celebration was a family affair.

The 35-year-old golfer celebrated with his wife and two-year-old son, Caleb, in front of a cheering crowd at Augusta National. Watson had tears in his eyes as his son walked out to greet him on the 18th green.

And to make Watson’s Masters win even sweeter, the player hit a Waffle House somewhere near Augusta National with family and friends to celebrate. “Champ dinner @WaffleHouse” he tweeted at about 2.40 am.

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Bubba Watson Delighted to Win Second Masters in Three Years

American golfer Bubba Watson collected his second green jacket after taking first place at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., on Sunday, beating 20-year-old Jordan Spieth who appeared ready to break a slew of records before his worst score of the tournament

Bubba Watson was clearly overjoyed after emerging triumphant again at the Masters Sunday, beating 20-year-old Jordan Spieth to the fabled green jacket at Augusta, Ga.

“I really don’t know [how I won] … I don’t remember the last few holes,” Watson said. “I just remember hanging on and all I thought about was ‘make par, make par.'”

The 35-year-old posted a 3-under-par 69 for the final round to finish 8-under with 280 total for the tournament.

Spieth’s dreams of becoming the youngest Masters winner ever, youngest major champion since 1931 and the first rookie to win in Augusta since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, were dashed by a poor final day, despite showing remarkable pluck for such a young player.

Back-to-back bogeys for Spieth on the eighth and ninth as Watson made birdies turned the tournament on its head. Watson’s previous victory came in 2012.

 

 

 

 

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At Least Two Dead as Severe Storms Deluge the Southeast

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Jay Reeves—AP Firefighter Rusty Murphy wades through flood waters in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Heavy rains inundated the American Deep South on Monday, causing widespread flooding throughout the region that killed two people

Severe thunderstorms flooded large swaths of the American southeast for the second straight day and have caused at least two deaths, including that of a nine-year-old girl in Mississippi who was reportedly swept away by floodwaters on Sunday night.

Officials recovered the body of Patrauna Hudson on Monday after she was last seen playing outside near her parent’s home in Mississippi’s Yazoo City northwest of Jackson the previous evening, according to the Associated Press.

The second reported death occurred outside of Atlanta in the suburb of Lilburn when a car swerved off the road and crashed into a local creek on Monday. Local firefighters were only able to recover the driver’s body hours later.

In nearby Augusta, Ga., a practice round ahead of this weekend’s U.S. Masters golf tournament was called off on Monday due to the excessive rain, the first time in an more than a decade such a cancelation had occurred.

Flood warnings remained in place across much of the southeast on Tuesday morning, with more rain forecast to inundate the affected areas for the next 48 hours.

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Photos: How Tiger Woods’ Descent Into Injury Began

Woods announced Tuesday that he will miss the 2014 Masters after undergoing back surgery earlier this week. Although this is the first time he won't play in the event in 20 years, he's pushed his body to breaking point in recent years

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Tiger Woods Drops Out of Arnold Palmer Invitational Due to Back Pain

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Lynne Sladky - AP Tiger Woods bows his head on the fourth green during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla. Woods made bogey on the hole.

Persistent injury plagues golf’s top ranked player

Tiger Woods announced on Tuesday that he is not in good enough health to compete in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Tournament in Orlando this week.

The world’s number one golfer cited ongoing bouts of back pain and muscular spasms as his reason for pulling out the week’s contest, which falls within a month of the Masters in Augusta in April.

”I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” wrote Woods in a post on his website.

”I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event.”

Just three weeks ago, Woods dropped out of the Honda Classic after completing 13 holes in the final round due to intense pain in his lower back.

[AP]

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