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Jordan Spieth wins U.S. Open as Dustin Johnson misses putt

Jordan Spieth, with a one-under-par 69, finished at five under to win the United States Open in University Place, Wash., giving him his second straight major victory.

Entering the final round at Chambers Bay Golf Course, Spieth was tied for the lead at four under with Jason Day, Branden Grace and Dustin Johnson.

Spieth, the winner of this year’s Masters, bogeyed his first hole to fall behind but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 8 and 12 to move back into a tie for the lead with Grace, his partner in the penultimate group, who plays primarily in Europe.

Spieth took sole possession of first as he birdied No. 16 and Grace shot a double bogey. But Spieth gave two shots back with a double bogey on the 17th hole and sank back into a tie at four under with Louis Oosthuizen, who continued his strong play after a first-round 77. Oosthuizen, whose 67 followed consecutive 66s, birdied six of his last seven holes Sunday.

Spieth missed a putt of 15 feet 4 inches for eagle on his final hole but tapped in the birdie putt. Then he had to wait for Johnson, playing in the next group.

Johnson had two birdies on the front nine but bogeyed his first two holes of the back and then shot another bogey two holes later. He steadied himself with three straight pars and then birdied No. 17 to retake a share of the lead at four under.

He put himself in position to win with a 12-foot-4-inch putt for eagle. He missed that and then missed a short putt for birdie that would have forced a playoff, dropping into a tie for second with Oosthuizen.

Day, whose vertigo was so severe on Friday that he collapsed on his final hole that day, bogeyed four of his first 10 holes in tumbling out of the championship mix. He also had a double bogey on No. 13.

A couple of others played themselves into contention with early surges.

Rory McIlroy, the world’s top-ranked player, had six birdies through his first 13 holes but finished with a four-under 66 to end up only at even par for the tournament.

Despite falling short, McIlroy told reporters that he was “not sure if I’ve ever hit the ball that well in a major championship.”

Adam Scott closed with a bogey-free 64, which tied him for the second-best final round in United States Open history, to wind up at three-under 277.

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