The Champ, Zach Johnson, closed with 66, good for -15 for the tournament, after drilling a monster putt on 18.
Playing several holes behind, Spieth tied for the lead after nailing a 50-foot birdie putt on 16 but promptly gave it back with a bogie on the Road Hole (17), the toughest hole on the Old Course at the Home of Golf at St. Andrews. The 18th at St. Andrews looks easy as short as it is but it can be tricky around the green. Needing a birdie to get into playoff with Johnson and the Aussie, Marc Leishman, Jordan drove it to the far left side of the fairway, leaving him 102 yards but a pretty decent angle. His little wedge approach shot failed to get up onto the proper level and trickled down into what's called the "Valley of Sin" and his putt from their was just short, ending this year's chance for anyone to do the impossible, win the calendar year "Grand Slam" in professional golf.
Jason Day also failed to birdie the last, also missing the playoff and solidifying his hold on most talented player out there yet to win a major.
Louis Oosthuizen DID birdie 18 to get into the four hole playoff, but fell one short to Johnson.
I guess this is poetic justice for Johnson who had to deal with a noise issue at last week's John Deere Classic (won by Spieth):
This is Johnson's second major win. He previously won The Masters in 2007.
So as the final major moves to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin (and seriously, enough already with the links-style courses for next year, USGA and PGA Tour), it will be far less dramatic than if Spieth had been able to pull off something crazy in Scotland.
Tiger Woods: Rock Bottom
For the first time in his career, Tiger missed the cut at consecutive majors, shooting a horrific 76-75, and with only seven players finishing behind him, including Tom Watson and Nick Faldo, both playing their last British Opens (and they're not regular players either - Faldo is in the booth most the year for God's sake!).
So despite his assurances to the contrary, Tiger's game has reached rock bottom. At this point, it's even impossible to tell if the obvious mental problems that have plagued him since the Fire Hydrant Incident are solely to blame or if he's really lost the physical component too. He says he's fine on the range and awful on the course, which suggests it's mostly mental but with pretty much everyone murdering the Old Course for three of the four days (and St. Andrews being Tiger's self-stated "favorite course") he had to be ready to kill himself as he returned to Florida.
I honestly cannot see any path back for him at this point. The kid, Jordan Spieth, has taken over golf (at least until Rory gets healthy and comes back - now that's a rivalry the golf world would love to see).