Close But No Cigar: Jordan Spieth Just Misses British Open Win

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ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 20:  Jordan Spieth of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 20, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – Jordan Spieth acknowledges the crowd during final round of the 144th Open Championship

ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND — It was close, but no cigar for Jordan Spieth. The Dallas native and Jesuit graduate finished fourth at the British Open, just one shot off the lead, ending his dream of winning all four majors and completing the Grand Slam.

Spieth missed a putt from the “Valley of Sin” by mere inches on the 18th hole that would have sent him to a playoff for the championship.

Fans in Dallas took extra long lunch breaks Monday to cheer Spieth on.

“He’s so calm and cool. He’s obviously quite talented. He represents this area well,” said fan Ken Byers at Champps Bar & Grill.

Spieth had a share of the lead multiple times during the day, but a double bogey on the eighth hole did him in. He managed to rebound to stay in contention all day.

“It’s pure Spieth. That’s what he does well, better than anybody is bounce back from bogeys and double bogeys,” fan James McGoldrick said. “He just didn’t make the putts he needed to at the end.”

Spieth will take his shot at redemption at the PGA Championships in August. He could become just the third player, along with fellow Texan Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods, to win three of the four Majors in a year.

Hey, that’s not bad company to be in.

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