Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Storylines were rife with drama throughout the entire weekend at St. Andrews. Would Jordan Spieth become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three legs of golf’s grand slam? Would Dustin Johnson come back from a crushing defeat at the U.S. Open and finally break his major tournament curse? Or would an unknown amateur golfer named Paul Dunne claim one of golf’s biggest prizes in the Claret Jug but be forced to leave the $1.8 million that usually accompanies it on the table?
Either way, the sports world was on pins and needles waiting for the final round today.
25 players within 5 shots of the lead in #TheOpen . Let's all take tomorrow off!— Richard Osman (@richardosman) July 19, 2015
Still, none of the above really happened as a three-man playoff consisted of Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen competing for the Claret Jug, with Zach Johnson prevailing with a par on the final hole of the four-hole playoff to win his second major and first British Open.
The biggest moment of the tournament came when Johnson made this incredible putt on the 18th hole to get to -15 and within one stroke of Leishman, who was still on the course with three holes to play.
It also should be noted that Johnson’s caddie, Damon Green, probably dropped the most swaggy dance on the 18th green in the 600-year history of The Old Course at St. Andrews.
While Leishman wasn’t able to finish the job, he still made out pretty well all things considered.
At the very least he’ll be changing that fact. Plus, Leishman gets to go home to his wife, which is all he really cares about after a recent health scare that saw her clinging to life.
Happy for Leishman win or lose. What he had to go through with his wife. Man I can't imagine.— Trey Howell (@Marve25) July 20, 2015
Meanwhile, Adam Scott hung around for quite some time – and then this happened.
Not Adam Scott's finest ever putt... https://t.co/H75fmU5dEg— Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 20, 2015
Maybe that new putter rule going into effect on Jan. 1. 2016 won’t be a bad thing for the 2013 Masters champion.
But the majority of the reactions came once Jordan Spieth missed a nearly impossible birdie putt that would have put him into the playoff.
Hell of a run for Jordan Spieth, but the dreams of a #GrandSlam die in the Valley of Sin.— Jonathan Heeter (@HeetTweets) July 20, 2015
Just like Arnie in 1960, Jordan Spieth will come up one shot short of contuining the Grand Slam dream at the Home of Golf.— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) July 20, 2015
With Spieth gone this feels like a playoff between vanilla, vanilla bean and French vanilla.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) July 20, 2015
At the very least, Spieth is in fantastic company:
1960: Palmer wins first two, loses Open by 1— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) July 20, 2015
1972: Nicklaus wins first two, loses Open by 1
2015: Spieth wins first two, loses Open by 1
So yeah, the future is pretty bright for the 21-year-old. Spieth played a marvelous weekend of golf and should be able to hold his head high.
Jordan Spieth has the same "it" factor that Nicklaus had,it's not all about swing technique or power or putting stroke. It's the will to win— Peter Kostis (@peterjkostis) July 20, 2015
Still, the glory belongs to Zach Johnson, who has been a solid pro for years after his Masters victory and now has a Claret Jug in his trophy case to go along with his green jacket.
The Claret Jug belongs to Zach Johnson! pic.twitter.com/95WAo2BOWK— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 20, 2015