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The Open 2015: Zach Johnson lifts Claret Jug after three-man play-off

Closing 66s from Zach Johnson and Marc Leishman gave them a play-off against 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen who finished with a 69

Published 20/07/2015

USA's Zach Johnson celebrates winning the Open Championship 2015 with his wife Kim during day five of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
USA's Zach Johnson celebrates winning the Open Championship 2015 with his wife Kim during day five of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
USA's Zach Johnson kisses the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
US golfer Zach Johnson kisses his wife Kim Barclay after winning the three-way playoff, on the 18th green on day five of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 20, 2015.US golfer Zach Johnson beat Australia's Marc Leishman and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen in a four-hole playoff after they had all finished on totals of 15-under par, 273. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Zach Johnson of the United States celebrates with Jordan Spieth of the United States after winning the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course during a 4-hole playoff on July 20, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Australia's Marc Leishman reacts after missing his putt on the 18th green during his final round 66, on day five of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 20, 2015. The weather-affected championship, finishes on Monday for only the second time in 155 years. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Zach Johnson of the United States lines up a putt 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)
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen watches his shot from the 6th tee during his final round, on day five of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Paul Dunne tees off 17 during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. David Davies/PA Wire.
USA's Jordan Spieth celebrates on the 18th green during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington celebrates on the 18th green after his round during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Spain's Sergio Garcia during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. David Davies/PA Wire.
England's Justin Rose celebrates on the 18th green during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Ireland's Paul Dunne celebrates a putt during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. David Davies/PA Wire.
England's Luke Donald on the 18th green during day four of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke waits to tee off during day one of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke waits to tee off during day one of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
England's Daniel Brooks on the 5th during day one of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
A general view of USA's Tiger Woods on the 11th green during day one of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
US golfer Tiger Woods (R) plays from the rough on the 5th hole during his first round on the opening day of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 16, 2015.
US golfer Tiger Woods watches his shot from the 4th tee during his first round on the opening day of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 16, 2015.
US golfer Jordan Spieth and his caddie Michael Greller line up a putt on the 4th green during his first round on the opening day of the 2015 British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 16, 2015. Jordan Spieth got his bid for a third straight major title off to the best of possible starts at the British Open on Thursday, birdieing his first two holes and reaching the turn at five under 31. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Ben Martin of the United States tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Robert Streb of the United States looks on from the 14th hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
Amateur Jordan Niebrugge of the United States plays out of a bunker on the16th hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Dustin Johnson of the United States lines up a putt on the 9th green during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Tiger Woods of the United States walks along the 10th fairway during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: David Hearn of Canada tees off on the 2nd hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Sergio Garcia of Spain lines up his second shot out off the rough on the 4th hole alongside caddie Glyn Murrey during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his second shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Scotland's Russell Knox tees off the 4th during day one of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: David Lingmerth of Sweden smiles after a birdie on the 4th hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Anthony Wall of England lines up a putt on the 2nd green during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Graham Delaet of Canada plays his second shot on the 4th hole during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 16: Charley Hoffman of the United States tees off on the 2nd during the first round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 16, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark jokes with Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland during practice ahead of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 14, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
USA's Tiger Woods (left) selects balls on driving range during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
USA's Tiger Woods on the driving range during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
John Daly of the United States walks the course during a practice round ahead of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 14, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
USA's Jordan Spieth on the driving range during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke gestures during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
USA's Jordan Spieth during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
USA's Jordan Spieth on the driving range during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
England's Alister Balcombe during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
England's Alister Balcombe with his caddie during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
England's Alister Balcombe during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (left) greets England's Lee Westwood during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke in action during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
England's Ian Poulter on the driving range with his son Luke (left) during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
A general view during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
England's Alister Balcombe with his caddie during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.
Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (left) greets England's Lee Westwood during a practice day ahead of The Open Championship 2015 at St Andrews, Fife.

Zach Johnson has won the Open Championship 2015 after defeating Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen in a three-man play-off.

An emotional Johnson said: "I feel blessed to be the champion, I feel honoured to part of the history of this game and to don my name on that trophy, especially with the names before me. Humbling and surreal are two words that come to mind.

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"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."

Jordan Spieth agonisingly failed to keep his grand slam dream alive.

Spieth needed a birdie on the 18th hole at St Andrews to join the four-hole aggregate play-off, but saw his approach spin back off the green into the Valley of Sin and narrowly missed the birdie attempt.

Johnson had set the clubhouse target on 15 under after a closing 66 that was matched 40 minutes later by Leishman, whose total of 130 for the third and fourth rounds - he carded a flawless 64 on Sunday - equalled the lowest 36-hole total in major history.

Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open at St Andrews, still had two holes to play and after a crucial par save on the 17th the South African birdied the 18th from five feet to make it a three-way aggregate play-off on the first, second, 17th and 18th.

Johnson and Oosthuizen both birdied the first as Leishman three-putted from long range and Johnson edged ahead with another birdie on the second.

All three players bogeyed the 17th and after Johnson missed his birdie attempt on the 18th, Oosthuizen's attempt from 12 feet also missed to give Johnson his second major title, eight years after victory in the Masters.

Adam Scott suffers another Open collapse

Former Masters champion Adam Scott relived his Open nightmare from three years ago after collapsing over the final five holes at St Andrews.

The Australian was tied for the lead at the 144th championship midway through the back nine, but bogeyed the 614-yard 14th and then criminally missed from a foot for par at the next.

He compounded matters by bogeying the 17th and then hitting his drive at the last out of bounds for a double-bogey six to produce a finish reminiscent of his 2012 capitulation.

On that occasion he reached the 14th with a four-shot lead, but bogeyed his last four holes to hand the Claret Jug to Ernie Els.

"It's hard to digest it all at the moment," said the visibly shell-shocked 34-year-old, who broke his major drought by winning the green jacket in 2013, after coming home in 40.

"I probably needed a really good back nine and I had a really poor back nine. I feel like I wasn't even in it at that moment.

"Fourteen was my poorest shot I hit today and it cost me a bogey.

"That wasn't the end of the world but to miss a really short putt on the next, I don't really have an explanation for that.

"I just went up to tap it in from a foot and it lipped out. It is just one of those stupid things that happens and that really put me in a tough position to where finishing with a handful of threes was unlikely on a day like today.

"I'm disappointed the way I played the last five holes for sure. I could have done a lot better than that.

"It's a shame not to get in there and finish with a shot (at winning) but maybe it was too much to ask."

Round Three Scores

(GB & Ire unless stated, par 72)

204 P Dunne (a) 69 69 66,

L Oosthuizen (SA) 67 70 67, J Day (Aus) 66 71 67

205 J Spieth (US) (right) 67 72 66

206 P Harrington 72 69 65

207 Z Johnson (US) 66 71 70, A Scott (Aus) 70 67 70, R Goosen (SA) 66 72 69, D Willett 66 69 72, R Streb (US) 66 71 70, J Rose 71 68 68, M Leishman (Aus) 70 73 64, S Garcia (Sp) 70 69 68,

J Niebrugge (USA) 67 73 67

208 C Schwartzel (SA) 67 72 69, S Bowditch (Aus) 70 69 69,

E Pepperell 72 70 66

209 H Matsuyama (Japan) 72 66 71, R Palmer (US) 71 71 67, S Cink (US) 70 71 68, A Wall 70 71 68, D Johnson (US) 65 69 75, M Warren 68 69 72, R Fowler (US) 72 71 66, P Reed (US) 72 70 67

210 M Jones (Aus) 68 73 69, J Furyk (US) 73 71 66, P Lawrie 66 70 74, B Koepka (US) 71 70 69, G Chalmers (Aus) 70 71 69, A Chesters (a) 71 72 67, A Lahiri (India) 69 70 71

211 J Dufner (US) 73 71 67, G Ogilvy (Aus) 71 68 72, MKaymer (Ger) 71 70 70, D Lingmerth (Swe) 69 72 70, D Duval (US) 72 72 67, W Simpson (US) 70 70 71, H Mahan (US) 72 72 67, B Martin (US) 74 70 67, A Sullivan 72 71 68, J Walker (US) 72 68 71, LDonald 68 70 73, M Fraser (Aus) 74 69 68

212 O Schniederjans (a) (USA) 70 72 70, J Senden (Aus) 72 72 68, G Owen 68 73 71, R Langasque (a) (Fr) 69 72 71, G Delaet (Can) 71 73 68, J Morrison 71 71 70, H English (US) 71 72 69, K Na (US) 67 75 70, P Mickelson (US) 70 72 70, R Henley (US) 74 66 72, D Lipsky (US) 73 69 70, R Cabrera-Bello (Sp) 71 73 68

The Open - Past Winners and Venues since World War II

2014 Rory McIlroy - Hoylake

2013 Phil Mickelson - Muirfield

2012 Ernie Els - Royal Lytham & St Annes

2011 Darren Clarke - Royal St George's

2010 Louis Oosthuizen - St Andrews

2009 Stewart Cink - Turnberry

2008 Padraig Harrington - Royal Birkdale

2007 Padraig Harrington - Carnoustie

2006 Tiger Woods - Royal Liverpool

2005 Tiger Woods - St Andrews

2004 Todd Hamilton - Troon

2003 Ben Curtis - Sandwich

2002 Ernie Els - Muirfield

2001 David Duval - Royal Lytham & St Annes

2000 Tiger Woods - St Andrews

1999 Paul Lawrie - Carnoustie

1998 Mark O'Meara - Royal Birkdale

1997 Justin Leonard - Royal Troon

1996 Tom Lehman - Royal Lytham & St Annes

1995 John Daly - St Andrews

1994 Nick Price - Turnberry

1993 Greg Norman - Royal St Georges, Sandwich

1992 Nick Faldo - Muirfield

1991 Ian Baker-Finch - Royal Birkdale

1990 Nick Faldo - St Andrews

1989 Mark Calcavecchia - Royal Troon

1988 Seve Ballesteros - Royal Lytham & St Annes

1987 Nick Faldo - Muirfield

1986 Greg Norman - Turnberry

1985 Sandy Lyle - Royal St Georges, Sandwich

1984 Seve Ballesteros -St Andrews

1983 Tom Watson - Royal Birkdale

1982 Tom Watson - Royal Troon

1981 Bill Rogers - Royal St Georges, Sandwich

1980 Tom Watson - Muirfield

1979 Seve Ballesteros - Royal Lytham & St Annes

1978 Jack Nicklaus - St Andrews

1977 Tom Watson - Turnberry

1976 Johnny Miller - Royal Birkdale

1975 Tom Watson - Carnoustie

1974 Gary Player - Royal Lytham & St Annes

1973 Tom Weiskopf - Royal Troon

1972 Lee Trevino - Muirfield

1971 Lee Trevino - Royal Birkdale

1970 Jack Nicklaus - St Andrews 283

1969 Tony Jacklin - Royal Lytham & St Annes 280

1968 Gary Player - Carnoustie 289

1967 Roberto de Vicenzo - Hoylake 278

1966 Jack Nicklaus - Muirfield 282

1965 Peter Thomson -Royal Birkdale 285

1964 Tony Lema - St Andrews 279

1963 Bob Charles - Royal Lytham & St Annes 277

1962 Arnold Palmer - Troon 276

1961 Arnold Palmer - Birkdale 284

1960 Kel Nagle - St Andrews 278

1959 Gary Player - Muirfield 284

1958 Peter Thomson - Royal Lytham & St Annes 278

1957 Bobby Locke - St Andrews 279

1956 Peter Thomson - Hoylake 286

1955 Peter Thomson - St Andrews 281

1954 Peter Thomson - Birkdale 283

1953 Ben Hogan - Carnoustie 282

1952 Bobby Locke - Royal Lytham & St Annes 287

1951 Max Faulkner - Royal Portrush 285

1950 Bobby Locke - Troon 279

1949 Bobby Locke - Sandwich 283

1948 Henry Cotton - Muirfield 284

1947 F Daly - Hoylake 293

1946 Sam Snead - St Andrews 290

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