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Saturday at the U.S. Open saw Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson stand tall, Patrick Reed took a fall, Branden Grace hung tough and Louis Oosthuizen brought his stuff. But after an enduring, hard four rounds, it all came down to two putts for the crown…

So Dustin Johnson once again cannot get things to go his way, and Jordan Spieth is U.S. Open Champion at Chambers Bay.
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It was almost as if destiny played it’s hand Sunday night as Spieth bounced back after a double-bogey 17 to see Dustin Johnson three-putt the 18th.  Now Spieth is one step closer to a golf major grand slam as  a 21-year-old. He is only the sixth player ever to win the first two majors of the year. As for Dustin Johnson, he once again finds his own mistakes getting in the way of him winning his first major.

Dustin Johnson had a share of the lead after Thursday and Saturday and had the championship in hand despite bogeying holes 10, 11 and 13. Jordan Spieth was in the clubhouse with a five-under score when Johnson hit a fantastic approach shot to land within 13 feet of an eagle for the win. He missed it. He also left five feet between him and an 18 hole playoff on Monday. He missed it.

The talk of the weekend started out being how bad the course looked and how hard it played. But by the end of Sunday night it was about how remarkable of a finish we just saw at Chambers Bay. While there will still be criticism of the links-style course, in the end, it gave the fans everything they could want in a Fathers Day finish. While the course did play tough, players started to acquire a feel for it over time. Case in point, Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a 77 on Thursday only to bounce back with rounds of 66, 66 and 67. He made a courageous comeback and finished in second place and $877,144 richer.

PLACEPLAYERSCOREEARNINGS
1Jordan Spieth-5$1,800,00
T2Dustin Johnson-4$877, 144
T2Louis Oosthuizen-4$877, 144
T4Branden Grace-3$407, 037
T4Adam Scott-3$407, 037
T4Cameron Smith-3$407, 037
7Charles Schwartzel-2$311, 835
8Brandt Snedeker-1$280, 482
T9Rory McIlroyE$235, 316
T9Jason DayE$235, 316
T9Shane LowryE$235, 316

My final thoughts on the 2015 U.S. Open are this…it was cool to see the U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest for the first time. Chambers Bay was ugly, criticized and beautiful at the same time. It gave us trains and fires. It also gave us a finish that made us all forget the negative criticisms of the course, while at the same time offering such a challenge that a player couldn’t sink a five foot putt to win the championship. We saw Oosthuizen’s amazing comeback and Patrick Reed’s forgettable collapse. Jason Day became the hero of the tournament after falling under the pressure of vertigo, but picking himself up and fighting the course all the way to an even draw. Speaking of an even draw, that’s exactly how Rory McIlroy finished. But that was better than where Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods finished. Tiger played so poorly it has us asking what’s next for Tiger and do we really have to accept now that Tiger is done. Dustin Johnson blew another opportunity at a major, but not just a major, this one was special. It was on Fathers Day. As his wife held his newborn son and watched anxiously, Dustin fell just one shot short again. But the big prize appeared to be getting to hold his son after the finish and realizing that golf is just a game. And lastly, golf’s new phenom, Jordan Reed. The 21-year-old is only the sixth player in history to have a chance of golfs grand slam. He wears a green jacket and is now champion of the United States. If he can win the British Open in St. Andrews next month, he will ink his name in history and be the buzz of the golfing world. But for now the kid from Dallas celebrates his U.S. Open championship and tells the world, this one’s for you dad.

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Brandon covers golf for MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

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