Zach Johnson won his second major title at the home of golf, defeating Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman over a four hole play-off. Johnson set the clubhouse lead of fifteen under par, after holing a brilliant but at the 18th hole of regulation play, and making his fourth consecutive birdie of the week on the closing hole. Marc Leishman was the next player to finish at fifteen under par, having missed opportunities to take the outright lead. Both players waited around the 18th green for former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, who also matched the pair after converting his bold second shot into the 18th green setting up a three way play-off, the first we have seen at The Open since Stuart Cink and Tom Watson in 2009.
Leishman's three putts at the first play-off hole put him a little out of contention, as Oosthuizen and Johnson both made birdies, then Johnson edged ahead of both players when he made back to back birdies at the second. Nobody could manage to make ground on Johnson at the 17th with every player making bogey, and when Johnsosn's birdie put at the 18th missed the hole Oosthuizen had a chance to take the play-off even further, but his missed birdie attempt meant Johnson was crowned the 2015 Open Champion.
"I can't play any better than what I did. I had a lull on Friday and Saturday, but nothing significant, but stayed in it and waited for the opportunities and made a few." - Zach Johnson
Jordan Spieth was in the search for a calendar and career grand slam, but his 4 putt at the 8th proved to be very costly, he battled back extremely well making birdies at 9, 10 and 16 but his bogey at 17 meant he had to finish with a final birdie to join the playoff. It all seemed to be over when he saw his ball spin back off the from of the green into the valley of sin, but Spieth hit a great putt and narrowly missed his birdie attempt. In true Jordan Spieth style he was there to congratulate his fellow countryman on his victory after the playoff, which was great to see.
Amateur Paul Dunne had put on a fantastic show over the opening 3 days, but his closing round of 78 meant American Jordan Neibrugge took the silver medal as leading amateur. There wear also some great performances from the likes of Sergio Garcia and Danny Willett, and one player who has come agonisingly close on many occasions in majors now is Jason Day, he finished 1 back of the leaders at 14 under par, and will certainly be a contender in years to come.
After weather delays meaning a Monday finish was on the cards early on, The Open Championship finally came to a fantastic end, with another memorable championship hosted by the home of golf. Congratulations to Zach Johnson on a brilliant and well deserved victory.