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Summary

  1. America's Zach Johnson wins The Open after four-hole play-off
  2. -1 Z Johnson
  3. Level: L Oosthuizen
  4. +2: M Leishman

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By Jonathan Jurejko, Andy Cryer and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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After heavy rain and high winds disrupted the early part of an Open Championship missing the world's best player in Rory McIlroy, some feared they heard a nail being hammered into the sport's coffin. They were wrong.

Once the business end of the action finally got going, we had thrills, spills, birdies galore and a grandstand finish. About 20 men could have won the famous Claret Jug. This man, with scintillating golf and nerves of steel, did win the famous Claret Jug...

Zach Johnson
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See you in Troon next year....

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator

"You couldn't get a more exciting event. It is the ultimate challenge. And it's nice we still keep coming back here. It's still got it, it's still special, it's still magic and the best place to win an Open."

Praise for Zach

@ZachJohnsonPGA Congrats Brother proud of you---Great golf all week! Especially having the bad draw! #OpenChampion

Praise for Zach

Congrats Zach. You showed what we all knew you were made of. Enjoy the celebration!!!

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at St Andrews

"As Zach Johnson was handed the Claret Jug, the sun broke through and it started raining simultaneously. Lovely stuff."

The moment Zach Johnson won The Open

Missed the big moment? Or just enjoyed Zach Johnson's triumph so much that you want to see it again? Hopefully it is the latter.

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the moment when the American won The Open after Louis Oosthuizen misses a putt on the final play-off hole. He's happy - honestly.

The moment Zach Johnson realised he won The 144th Open
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Champagne moment

Zach Johnson collects the Claret Jug

End of the speech but not the end of the celebrations. Zach Johnson wanders off down the side of the 18th hole, high-fiving grinning fans as he clutches the Claret Jug. He's off down to the Swilcan Bridge for that iconic photo which you're going to see pretty regularly over the coming weeks.

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator

"He keeps the ball low, has a beautiful putter and a good game. You can have all that but you need the nerve as well and he has that."

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Zach Johnson collects the Claret Jug

Zach Johnson: "The R&A host and showcase one of the best events in sport, let alone golf. I am always honoured to be invited - now as champion of The Open it is a little more surreal."

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Luke Roe: Has to be said. Zach Johnson seems like just a lovely chap. Well deserved win.

Mark Yates: Watson, Faldo, Ivor all gone, but many future heroes to fill the void. An amazing Open and well done Zach on second major.

Daniel John: Zach Johnson The Open champion. So gracious in victory.

Zach Johnson wins The Open

Hazel Irvine

BBC Sport Presenter

Zach Johnson
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"A marathon speech at the end of a marathon week.

"Zach Johnson becomes the ninth American to win at St Andrews."

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson collects the Claret Jug

More eloquent words from an emotional Johnson: "I would like to congratulate Jordan, Louis and Marc - they could be standing here now. This has been a trying week. For us players it is never easy but, with the elements, the golf course played fantastic. The green staff, and such like have been tremendous. They are the champions.

"It was a beautiful Scottish sunny day and you guys came out. The fans have been fantastic. It has been a pleasure to play in front of you."

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson collects the Claret Jug

Zach Johnson clutches the Claret Jug is his right arm, cradling the silver trophy like a baby. And he looks as proud as a man who has just become a father for the first time. "Dreams have been realised, I am humbled and honoured. I am speechless," says the 39-year-old American, who raises his voice so he can be heard over the St Andrews seagulls squawking overhead.

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

"It's a triumphant walk for Zach Johnson. He politely raises his right hand to acknowledge the crowd and looks up at the golfing Gods. He is now a two time major Champion."

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson collects the Claret Jug

Zach Johnson
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And looking far more fresh than he did on the course in a pair of cream trousers and white jumper, Zach Johnson makes the walk to the presentation party. He will have lived this out in his dreams. The Claret Jug is in his grip, he nestles it into his chest. We await a kiss and a lift. It's time for a speech first.

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Oosthuizen and Leishman collect silver salvers

Louis Oosthuizen is followed out of the wings by Marc Leishman, each waving to the crowd as they wander back onto the putting surface. A huge cheer for both men as they collect big leather boxes containing their silver salvers. Both fellas also cast an envious look at the table where the gleaming Claret Jug stands...

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Jordan Niebrugge wins silver medal

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Here is a name we will undoubtedly hear lots more about - Jordan Niebrugge. Up he strides in a dashing pair of red trousers to collect the silver medal - the award given to the best-performing amateur.

Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy are just two of the names to have won the prize in the past. Niebrugge, who could be lining up for the US Ryder Cup team in the coming years, shot 11 under and tied for sixth overall.

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson wins The Open

Anyone who has ever watched a golf presentation doesn't need us to tell you that these things aren't particular lively. Plenty of gratitude to everyone and anyone who has been within a putt of St Andrews this week, plenty of polite applause following each sentence. Right enough of that...here's R&A chief executive Peter Dawson to announce the prize winners...

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson wins The Open

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Zach Johnson strips off his waterproof bottoms on the side of the 18th green. I mean, you don't want to look like a scruff when the winning images are being flashed across the world do you? The American waits patiently for the presentation party to set up, several navy R&A suits and ties shuffling into place on the green carpet.

Mrs Johnson thinking of home

Zach Johnson wins The Open

Kim Johnson, wife of The Open champion, on BBC Two: "It hasn't sunk in. I think he knew he needed the putt on 18 for a chance of a play-off. I think he knew it would come down to a play-off. I knew he always had it in him. I kind of felt this was going to be his week, I can't believe it.

"We are going home with the Claret Jug to see our kids. Our middle son is turning five this week so we will have that party."

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson wins The Open

No time for Zach Johnson and his wife Kim to celebrate in the historic town of St Andrews tonight. They are heading straight back home to see the kids, Kim tells us. Sure they will be cracking open a bottle of bubbly on the flight home. Johnson can even upgrade to first class now he has a winning cheque of £1.15m in his back pocket...

Johnson feels for Oosthuizen

Our champion added: "I don't like seeing it end on a miss. Louis is a friend, buddy and a tremendous competitor."

Champion golfer of 2015

Zach Johnson -15 (wins play-off)

When asked what the words 2015 Open Champion sounds like, Zach Johnson said on BBC Two: "It sounds beautiful. It still sounds extremely sureal. The tone to it is very humbling. I feel blessed to be the champion and honoured to be part of the history of this game.

"To don my name on that trophy is humbling and surreal.

"It has been a week of patience, courage and trust. I can't play any better than I did. I just stayed in it, waited for the opportunities and made a few putts.

"My wife and I are the team. She's the CEO as she claims. She's my rock. It doesn't matter what I shoot she's there. She is the head of it and it trickles down to my family and friends."

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Zach Johnson wins The Open

Zach Johnson
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When Zach Johnson returns to his Iowa home, he will have to make room for the Claret Jug and a Gold Medal in his trophy cabinet. It already has a Green Jacket in there remember after his 2007 Masters success. "I couldn't have played any better today," he tells BBC Sport.

Spieth on the final three

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Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth has been collared by BBC Radio 5 live: "For those three to get to 15 under today was just incredible. All three of these guys played fantastic golf. For a guy who has taken me under his wing the last few years, it's fantastic."

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Zach Johnson wins The Open

Zach Johnson
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Zach Johnson removes his cap, sweaty brow revealed, waving to all sides of the famous 18th hole. His good lady Kim soon joins him on the green, Johnson struggling to hold back the tears as they share a loving embrace.

Gracious Louis

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Louis Oosthuizen on BBC Two: "I love it around here. I love this golf course. I played well, did well to get into the play-off. It was a really tough back nine. I made good putts, I'm not going to look back at the misses on 17 and 18. Well done to Zach.

"The final putt was a tough little shot and I just miss-read it."

Iain Carter

BBC golf correspondent on Radio 5 live

"Zach Johnson is able to hug his caddie on the 18th and celebrate as he is Open champion. He cannot quite believe it. He is now a two time Major champion. And guess whose marching out to congratulate him. Jordan Spieth. That young man really has class."

Zach Johnson wins The Open

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator

"He has the Green Jacket to go with the Claret Jug. It doesn't get much better than that."

Champagne moment

Zach Johnson wins The Open

All over! Louis Oosthuizen races his crucial putt past the left side of the final hole - and that means Zach Johnson is the 2015 Open champion.

The 39-year-old American momentarily refuses to remove his yellow-tinted sunglasses. Probably because he is weeping tears of joy. Eventually they come off as he embraces his caddie on the 18th green.

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

This one to take the 144th Open to a sudden-death play-off. Or not. If Louis Oosthuizen misses it then Zach Johnson lifts the Claret Jug...

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

Marc Leishman will putt first, in truth there is nothing on it, his race, though fantastic, is run. He makes par.

The drama awaits. If Zach Johnson downs this 12 footer he will lift the Claret Jug. My word, another twist -, on comes a rules official to decide if Johnson can repair a blemish on the green between his ball and the cup. A walky-talky needed before the potentially winning putt.

No action taken, if nothing else the delay gave Johnson thinking time. He sends it on it's way, left-to-right break...pushed. It will be par only and Louis Oosthuizen, it's over to you.

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Paolo Brand: Surely there's one last twist in an Open FULL of crazy twists.

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

Louis Oosthuizen needs to dump this one in the can to pile the pressure back on Zach Johnson. In the Valley of Sin, the South African takes plenty of practice swings, running the shot through his mind. He hits the front slope, a couple of rolls, before coming to a halt about six foot past.

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Over to you Mr Johnson...

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

Ken Brown

BBC Sport commentator

"An Oosthuizen chip in would put the cat among the pigeons."

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

Marc Leishman is not in this any more. He chips through the Valley of Sin - his ball sticking the brakes on as it hits the front fringe, trundling back down the slope. "That's cruel," says a sympathetic Peter Allis. Quite.

Final play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

It's a flat track into this green for Zach Johnson. He'll just want a single putt for the win but can he secure it? A good chip... grip... lot's of grip and his ball spins back closer to the pin. There you go Zach, 12 feet or so for your second major. Unless Louis Oosthuizen holes his chip of course. Stranger things have happened.

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Philip Parkin

BBC TV on-the-course commentator

"Chances are if he hits one great shot now from 75 yards, Zach Johnson will win The Open."

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

It is the second time Louis Oosthuizen has played this playoff route: 1-2-17-18. He did so with Watson, Ian Baker Finch and Todd Hamilton in the Champion's Challenge on Wednesday.

Fourth play-off hole

Oosthuizen (level), Leishman (+2), Johnson (-1)

Marc Leishman is a man with nothing to lose. Steady stuff - the pressure is off really. Nice drive down the middle, over the road, not close to Oosthuizen's monster though, veering off left.