The dream of a calendar-year grand slam faded away on the 72nd hole at St. Andrews on Monday, but Jordan Spieth handled it like a champion.
The 21-year-old who won the Masters and the U.S. Open finished one shot out of a playoff at the Open Championship in his bid to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three legs of the grand slam.
Was he disappointed? Certainly. But he handled the defeat with class.
Check out this tweet he sent out following the defeat:
And, shortly after, we learned something else about the mature beyond his years Spieth -- evidently he's not superstitious.
On a private plane back to the U.S. with Open Champion Zach Johnson, Spieth took a swig from the Claret Jug, which was captured on camera by Johnson's caddie Damon Green, which you can see above.
What a photo. Love how Johnson is looking on too.
It was a little strange though considering in most sports, the athletes won't touch a trophy they haven't won yet.
For instance, in the NHL, hockey players who haven't won the Stanley Cup won't touch it until they have. They won't even touch the conference trophy, fearing it'll jinx the Stanley Cup bid.
Hopefully Spieth isn't jinxed.