Zach Johnson wins 144th British Open in 4-hole playoff

Spieth wasn’t the only golfer prominently wearing Under Armour gear on Sunday.


Spieth almost was able to jump in and earn a spot in the playoff round, but he mucked it all up on the last hole at St. Andrews. The only question is if Louis Oosthuizen will join them.

Johnson was the sole American to make it into the playoff round, using a thrilling buzzer-beater style putt to earn a berth in the extra round of golf.

Unheralded Australian Marc Leishman took the British Open by the scruff of the neck when he grabbed a one-stroke lead midway through the final round on Monday. “It’s going to be, I think one of the tightest Opens ever”.

“It’s surreal I’m leading the Open, but I can easily believe that I shot the three scores that I shot”.

“I’ve got a couple of weeks off now and I’m going to go home and reflect on it. It won’t hurt too bad”.

The 27-year-old Australian has so often been the bridesmaid in a “Big Four” event and is desperate to finally make the breakthrough on Monday.

Oosthuizen also birdied the first hole but missed a 25-footer at the second. Dunne would be worth millions in an instant, likely to turn pro immediately after winning and signing lucrative endorsement deals for equipment and apparel, including with Under Armour, which doesn’t now pay Dunne for wearing their golf gear. “I’m aggressive when I can be and not when I can’t”, he said.

To do that, he’ll have to hold off Jordan Speith, among others.

“I always wanted to be the first Aussie to win the Masters, but you know, Scottie (Adam Scott in 2013) beat me to it”. I love this place. “Whether I will or not is a different question, but I’m well capable of shooting the score necessary tomorrow to put myself in with a chance”. The tournament is already finishing on a Monday for the first time since 1988 because of rain and high winds.

Just don’t see that view as a sign of weakness from Day.

“Par-birdie is a flawless way to finish here”, Spieth said.

Niebrugge still has another year left as an amateur because he wants to finish his degree in entreprenurship at OSU.

“Up and down for a playoff”, was the last thing Spieth said to caddie Michael Greller from about 90 yards away.

Dunne’s bogey-free six-under 66 means he smashed the previous lowest 54-hole total for an amateur at the Open.

Dustin Johnson crashed on Sunday as he finished his third round and never fully recovered in the final round. His birdie putt was timid, stopping about 5 feet short.

Ben Hogan remains the only golfer to take the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same calendar year.

“I’m very pleased with the way I played”, Spieth said.

It was an extraordinary day of extravagant shot-making that saw a barrage of birdies assail the Old Course.

A 50-footer that curled from left to right before dropping gently in the hole for birdie on No. 16 set the stage.

Wall moves to within one of the lead after putting his tee shot on 11 to within inches for a tap in. He shot 76 in the final round and finished three shots behind Lee Trevino.

Spieth, the youngest professional in the field, seemed calm despite the moment in front of him.

The Dubliner won back to back British Open’s in 2007 and 2008 and his sensational third round yesterday was absolutely necessary insisted Harrington afterwards. Even during the long delay Saturday, he said he hadn’t thought much about the slam.


The victor, meanwhile, was not the Johnson who was seen as the major threat to stop Spieth’s Slam.

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