Congratulations to Jordan Spieth for his US Open win on the somewhat curious greens of Chambers Bay, after Dustin Johnson blew it by three-putting at the eighteenth. But it’s a massive plus for the young guns of the game, with the 21-year-old winning 2015’s first two majors, with his victory on Sunday coming after his Masters win in April. Rory McIlroy, 26, holds the other two major titles, the Open and US PGA Championship, with Rickie Fowler, 26, the Players Championship champion.
“It’s awesome that the game is in young hands,” said Spieth. “It’s kind of cool I think to have two players holding the four majors and Rickie having the fifth [Players Championship].”
Spieth’s victories this year are his first in the majors and match the achievement of McIlroy in winning back-to-back titles after the Northern Irishman’s victories in the Open at Hoylake in July 2014 and in the US PGA at Valhalla the following month. Spieth is ranked second in the world, behind McIlroy, but the well-spoken and generous American downplayed suggestions of a rivalry between the two.
“I don’t think there is much of a rivalry. I’ve said that from the beginning,” stated Spieth. “Rory has four majors and dozens of wins and I’m just starting out.
“Again, I’m certainly quite a bit younger than he is. I’m just happy to have this and to be chasing that number one spot that he holds. So I’m certainly focused on that.”
It means Spieth is now the sixth player to win the Masters and US Open in the same year, the youngest player to win the latter since Bobby Jones in 1923, and keeps him on course to potentially become the first player to win all four majors in a calendar year. The next major is The Open at St Andrews on 16-19 July, followed by the US PGA Championship in Wisconsin on 13-16 August. Tiger Woods came the closest to achieving the feat when he won all four major titles consecutively, but over two calendar years in 2000 and 2001. You can’t say that Spieth hasn’t got a shot at all four in the form that he’s showing at the moment!