ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- For the first time since August, there was a major winner other than Jordan Spieth.
The winner of the Masters and the U.S. Open was in contention to add the Claret Jug to his major haul for 2015 until the very end Monday at The Open, when a birdie putt from the Valley of Sin on the final hole went about 3 inches left of the cup and denied Spieth a spot in a playoff and the opportunity to become the first player to win golf's modern Grand Slam.
"We gave it a great effort," said Spieth, who finished at 14-under. "... Ideally, par-birdie is a perfect way to finish out here, and that would have gotten the job done, so it stings a little bit. Ultimately, I thought we gave it a pretty good run."
Spieth rolled in a 50-foot birdie putt on the 16th to create a three-way tie for the lead, but he bogeyed the next hole -- the famous Road Hole on the Old Course -- to fall 1 shot back of the leaders heading to No. 18.
After hitting his drive left and leaving his approach shot just short on No. 18, Spieth tapped in his par putt to finish with a 69 -- 1 shot from joining the three-way, four-hole playoff between eventual winner Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen.
"Just tough ... just tough," Spieth said of his final putt. "You don't expect to make the putt from down in the gully, but I wanted to give it a good effort. It had a chance to go in, and I was still a little upset about being down there instead of having a really solid opportunity.
"... It was a really good putt. It just hung out on that left side."
Spieth later tweeted about his day at The Open and congratulated Johnson on his victory.
Spieth was seeking to join his fellow Texan Ben Hogan as the only men to win the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open in the same calendar year and to join Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only players since 1900 to win three straight majors. Hogan won the U.S. Open, Masters and The Open in 1953. Hogan did not play in the PGA Championship in 1953 because it was held on a date just before The Open, which made it difficult to play in both events.
Spieth, who will turn 22 on July 27, will look to become the third-youngest player to win his third career major at the PGA Championship, which will be held Aug. 13-16 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. Spieth also announced he will defend his Australian Open title at the end of November.
"Right now, it's just a tough feeling to be that close in a major," Spieth said. "It doesn't matter about the historical element of it. Just to be that close on our biggest stage and to come up just short ... you know, how many chances do you get?
"I believe I'll have plenty of opportunities like I did today. But still, when it doesn't quite work out, it's tough to swallow."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.