What a weekend it was for the USGA’s junior championships.
A day after Noah Goodwin became the 70th U.S. Junior Amateur champion thanks to an epic comeback at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan., another Texan with his name engraved twice on that same trophy had his own remarkable rally at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.
Jordan Spieth, who won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011 and then in 2015 claimed the U.S. Open, blew a three-stroke lead and trailed with five holes to play before rallying with a near ace, a 50-foot eagle putt and a 30-foot birdie putt to win The Open Championship by three strokes over 1997 U.S. Amateur champion Matt Kuchar. Spieth, who turns 24 on Thursday, now has three legs of the career Grand Slam, needing only the PGA Championship to join the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen. If he wins next month at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., he’ll become the youngest to win all four professional majors.
Spieth joined Nicklaus as the only players with three different majors at the age of 23.
Spieth and Woods are the only two players to win multiple U.S. Junior Amateur titles.
“This is a dream come true,” said Spieth has he stared at the Claret Jug. “Absolutely a dream come true.”