Round 4 Notable and Quotable
By Ron Driscoll, USGA
- Jordan Spieth is the youngest two-time major champion since Gene Sarazen in 1922. He joins Young Tom Morris, John McDermott and Gene Sarazen as players who have won two majors before the age of 22. He is also the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923.
- Spieth was the fourth player 25 or younger to hold the 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open in the last 40 years. All four have won (Ernie Els, 1994; Tiger Woods, 2000; Rory McIlroy, 2011; Jordan Spieth, 2015).
- In April, Jordan Spieth became the fifth wire-to-wire winner in Masters history, and four of the five went on to win the U.S. Open. He joined Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960) and Jack Nicklaus (1972) in winning the ensuing U.S. Open. Only Raymond Floyd (1976) failed to win, finishing in a tie for 13th.
- “I had all the chances in the world. I’m really proud of the way I hit the ball. Proud of the way I handled myself all day. If I rolled the putter halfway decent today, I win this thing by a few shots, it’s not even close. It’s just how it goes. I thought I played really well. I did everything that I could. I tried my damndest to get in the hole; I just couldn’t do it.” – Dustin Johnson, who three-putted the final green to lose by one stroke
- Louis Oosthuizen’s total of 199 over his final 54 holes is the lowest in U.S. Open history. The previous best was Kevin Chappell’s 202 at Congressional in 2011.
- Jason Day recorded his fourth top-10 finish in five U.S. Opens played. He was runner-up in 2011 and 2013 and was tied for fourth in 2014. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 19 career majors.
- “I gave myself the opportunity to have a chance to win it and just one bad swing cost me at the end. I was hitting my 3-wood great the whole day. A straightforward shot, just spun out of it and that's costly.” – Branden Grace, whose double bogey on No. 16 after an out-of-bounds tee shot left him two strokes behind Jordan Spieth
- The scoring average of 71.29 in the fourth round is the lowest in any round in U.S. Open history and only the third time it has been below 72. The previous lowest was 71.44 in the fourth round at Congressional in 2011.
- Quotable: “When I look back, obviously the last few holes of this golf course haven’t been kind to me all week. And when I look back at this tournament, that’s where I’ll rue some missed opportunities. I feel like it’s one that got away, especially the way I putted this week. I don’t think I’ve ever hit the ball as well in a major championship.” – Rory McIlroy, who closed with a 4-under-par 66 for an even-par 280 total. He stood at 2-under for the championship before bogeying the par-3 15th and 17th.
- Eight players from outside the United States finished in the top 11, matching the highest total since World War I.
- Cameron Smith, who closed with a 2-under 68 to tie for fourth place, was the only player to post four rounds of par or better in the championship.
- 2009 USA Walker Cup Team member Morgan Hoffmann hit every green in regulation en route to his final-round 66.
- Francesco Molinari, of Italy, led the week in greens in regulation (59 of 72) and was second in fairway hit at 86 percent.
- 134 feet: Combined distance of birdie putts made on the par-4 13th hole by Rory McIlroy (72 feet) and John Senden (62 feet).
- “I understand guys were complaining about the greens, whatever it might be. I think everything at majors seems to be turned on overdose. Every little thing sets you off. I thought the ball rolled fine, and if you hit good putts they'll go in. I thought the golf course played great.” – Brandt Snedeker, who shot a final-round 68 to finish in eighth place
- “Ultimately as far as my local knowledge, it really wasn't worth anything, I didn't think, because Jordan's Jordan. He's one of the best players in the world, and I was just trying to stay out of his way.” – Michael Greller, caddie for Jordan Spieth, who caddied for several years at Chambers Bay
- “To see all those people and having people yell my name and stuff like that... every hole it was going on. A lot of people probably don’t even know who I am when I’m out there [on Tour], but this week they did. And it was sure a lot of fun.” – Troy Kelly, of nearby Lakewood, Wash.
Ron Driscoll is the manager of editorial services for the USGA. Email him at email@example.com.