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U.S. Open Winner Jordan Spieth Thanks Pacific Northwest Fans For Support
With his win in the 2015 U.S. Open this past Sunday, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth joined Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Craig Wood, and Ben Hogan as the only golfers to ever win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.
Spieth took down professional golf's 115th American national championship at Chambers Bay, the Pacific Northwest's breathtakingly-beautiful course overlooking the Puget Sound in University Place, Wash., located roughly an hour south of the Seattle Seahawks' Renton headquarters.
Spieth, a popular figure throughout the four-day event given his rising-star status and ties to local caddie Michael Greller, received some of the loudest roars of support from the noticeably blue-and-green clad fans on hand - a group that according to Seahawks co-workers in attendance had casually broke into "SEA! HAWKS!" chants throughout the tournament.
"We were joking about, we could certainly tell why the NFL teams don’t like to come to Seattle to play," Spieth told FOX Sports' Joe Buck after securing his U.S. Open victory. "These fans are awesome."
At age 21, Spieth's feat makes him the youngest to win the U.S. Open since 1923 and youngest to win a second major since 1922. He was quick to thank Chambers Bay spectators for the assist.
"It’s unbelievable," said Spieth, who also won the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur at Bremerton's Gold Mountain Golf Club. "To have them on our side this week and to hear the crowd screaming for us from Thursday afternoon on, and hearing the support that Michael had as well, it felt like we were crowd favorites, and they certainly helped get this job done."