Former Texas Longhorns golfer Jordan Spieth served noticed that his resounding win at The Masters was hardly a fluke, winning his second consecutive major at the US Open over the weekend at Chambers Bay.
In shooting 5-under par, Spieth became the youngest player to ever win The Masters and the US Open in a career and the first golfer since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors at 21 or younger. However, it wasn't always easy, as he nearly blew a three-shot lead by double bogeying on 17, but Dustin Johnson brutally missed his playoff-forcing putt to mark the end of his own collapse from a two-stroke lead with nine holes remaining.
How did Spieth manage to hold on? With an incredible approach shot on 18 that gave him the birdie opportunity he needed to give himself a shot at a playoff hole if necessary:
Jordan Spieth's approach at 18 was magnificent pic.twitter.com/783Nppxybr— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 22, 2015
Coming off a nervy moment on the previous hole, with another major champiionship on the line, Spieth proved not only steady but brilliant with his approach shot, a glimpse of that potential that could allow him to manufacture an incredible legacy for his career.
Already eminently marketable, Spieth is now becoming a crowd favorite among more than just the burnt orange faithful, earning Spieth the title of golf's "golden child" from SB Nation's Brendan Poreth and providing a level of excitement for American golf that hasn't existed since Tiger Woods' fall from grace:
The roars were always the loudest for Spieth. Even when he made a double bogey to nearly blow a three-shot lead with two holes to play, the crowd around the 17th stood and roared, encouraging him to 72nd hole of the championship. As he walked up the 18th, a thundering "Spieth! Spieth! Spieth!" chant from the inordinately large grandstands came down. When Dustin Johnson missed that final, excruciating putt, the grandstand produced this terrifying sounding mix of groans and celebratory screams.
At America's national championship, the USA's favorite talent took the title and it was what the crowd wanted.
So as Spieth closes in on his final month as a 21 year old, it's clear that the sky is the limit for the Texas Ex. Can he keep the momentum going at The Open Championship last month and perhaps even win a career grand slam before he's 25? He's proven capable of it this year, which means it'll be a lot of fun continuing to watch Spieth make his university so proud.