Spieth: U.S. Open failure tough to swallow

Jordan Spieth cut a frustrated figure after failing to defend his U.S. Open title at Oakmont Country Club, lamenting his inability to make the "easy" shots.

World number two Spieth was never really in the mix as fellow American Dustin Johnson stormed to a three-stroke win and a first major crown in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Spieth was nine over at the end of the U.S. Open following his final-round 75, which included a triple bogey and four bogeys.

The two-time major winner never broke a score of 70 throughout his four rounds as he struggled to reach the lofty heights that the golfing community has become accustomed to.

And speaking afterwards, Spieth bemoaned his triple at the par-three sixth hole: "I was just trying to do a little too much. Instead of just firing a straight ball at the hole, trying to bleed some big cutter in, and I just double crossed it.

"From there, the pin is actually located on a pretty tough little spot, where if you hit your first putt too hard, then you're left with a little bit of trouble.

"So I just got into some putting trouble today and couldn't quite get it going on the front nine."

The 22-year-old continued: "You just try and fight back to even par, which is tough to do. Started to do it, and then the story of my week is just playing the easy holes poorly.

"You know, 11, 14, and two, to play it whatever I played them, seven or eight over, on those holes the leaders are playing them under par.

"Funny thing is I felt like I didn't have my game this week. If I play the easy holes at even par, I'm still top five. That's what's tough to swallow leaving this week is you do all this work on this course, and it was the easy little iron/wedge holes that tore me apart. But I think that's just bad timing on them."

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