Augusta hero Jordan Spieth could become the first player since 1922 to win two Majors before the age of 22, and only the seventh man to claim the Masters and US Open Championship in one year, by breaking away from co-leaders Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace and Jason Day in Chambers Bay’s final round.
Ryder Cup partner Patrick Reed was burned up without too much trouble, with the joint leader at the halfway point now back at one over and seemingly out of the reckoning, but there are one or two others around who could ruin Spieth’s perfect start to 2015:
Something clearly comes over this 27-year-old Queensland native at the US Open, but not usually the vertigo that laid Day low at the end of his second round, leaving him ‘groggy’ during the third.
Nevertheless, he produced the best round on Saturday, posting two under par to tie for the lead at four under.
Day has played four US Opens and placed tied-fourth or better three times, finishing second and T2 during that run, with two top-three finishes claimed in the Masters and a pair of top-tens in the USPGA Championship over just 14 Major appearances in America.
That’s a remarkable record, and nobody could say it’s not Days turn if he takes this.
Since winning a Major for the first time at St Andrews in 2010, six years (but only nine attempts) after first tasting golf’s big occasions, this South African has often been there or there abouts on the final day.
Oosthuizen finished second at Augusta three years ago and has claimed top-25 Masters placings twice since, plus a tied ninth in the US Open and top-40 honours in each of the past five Majors.
He’s one of four golfers closest to the leading group on one-under. Oosthuizen led by four going into the final day of his Open win, which was of course played at a links course, but did increase his lead by a couple of strokes over the Sunday.
Another player coming to life in Majors over the past year or so is Ireland’s Lowry, who won his home Open as an amateur at County Louth in 2009.
The Offaly man looks bound to bounce back into the world’s top 50 after going around Chambers Bay one under over the first 210 holes, and recent showings in The Open (tied ninth last year) and USPGA Championship (successive top-60 finishes) suggests he’s ready to regularly compete.