Jordan Spieth falls just short at British Open, ending dream of Grand Slam

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I wanted it. You wanted it. The sports world wanted it. But we didn’t get it.

Jordan Spieth shot a 3-under par 69 Monday to finish at 14-under for the 144th British Open, missing out on a three-way playoff by one stroke, thus ending his immortal quest for the Grand Slam.

“We gave it a great effort. Going out today I didn’t think three guys would get to 15-under in these conditions. So that was my goal to get to 4-under for the round. We got there on 16. Ideally you can finish par-birdie and that would’ve gotten the job done so that stings a little bit,” said Spieth to ESPN after the round.

Spieth did get there on 16 with a miraculous birdie put from fifty feet. But the 21-year-old gave it back with a bogey on the road hole 17th, and a birdie attempt from the “Valley of Sin” on 18 missed by just inches. The birdie would have put Spieth in the playoff with Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and ultimately Louis Oosthuizen, who was in the final pairing behind Spieth.

Spieth gets to 15-under with miraculous birdie on 16

“It’s just tough. Just tough. You don’t expect to make a put from down in the gully but I wanted to give it a good effort. I was still a little upset about being down there than having a solid opportunity. But I still expected it to go in,” said Spieth on his birdie attempt.

Jordan Spieth knocks in a birdie on the 9th hole

Spieth was attempting to become only the second player in history to win the first three legs of the Grand Slam – Ben Hogan did it in 1953. He will now look to become the third youngest to win a third major at the PGA Championship, which will be held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., on Aug. 13-16.

“Right now it’s a tough feeling to be that close in a major. I believe i’ll have plenty of opportunities but still when it doesn’t work out its tough to swallow for a little bit. Going forward this doesn’t change my confidence and I’m looking forward to the PGA Championship.

Spieth nearly chips in for birdie on 13

There’s not a single golf fan who wouldn’t love to see a Grand Slam someday. Although it didn’t happen this year, Spieth could miss every single cut for the rest of this year and his season would still be considered remarkable. Thank the golf gods we’ll have the pleasure of watching him for years and decades to come.

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