You could see the shock and disbelief on Jordan Speith's face after hitting his ball in Raes Creek for the second time. He probably knew at that time he would not win the tournament. However, he gathered himself making birdies on 13 and 15 in a valiant effort to get back in contention.
What struck me about the 22 year old was how he handled things after losing. Maintaining his composure while meeting with the media and during the ceremony was probably the hardest thing he has ever done. He made no excuses and congratulated the winner, Danny Willett.
Speith may not have won the tournament, but he showed his true character in the way he handled his loss. I hope thousands of youngsters were watching last week. If so they learned a lesson in character and sportsmanship. .