Spieth wins Travelers with playoff hole-out
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 29, 2017,
Jun 29, 2017, 7:24
Jordan put his second shot in the same greenside bunker as his last time through and that's when the magic happened.
Playing in the group ahead of Spieth, Berger birdied 13 and the reachable par-4 15th to pull even. It bounced twice and rolled right into the cup.
"Obviously, that was one for the ages, " he said of the winning shot.
'I don't know if I'll ever have a moment equivalent to that again - something like that to win a tournament - but we certainly soaked it in. I took advantage of the opportunities I gave myself.
The two-time major victor got a remarkable ricochet back into the fairway but was left with more than 200 metres to the green and his 5-iron approach found the front bunker for the second time in 20 minutes.
Four years ago Jordan Spieth holed a bunker shot on a play-off hole to win his very first PGA Tour title at the John Deere Classic, and it couldn't be more fitting that he replicate that feat for his 10th.
Spieth, 23, won earlier this year at Pebble Beach and after completing a wire-to-wire victory in his Travelers debut became the second-youngest player to win 10 PGA titles, trailing only Tiger Woods.
On the par-4 18th hole in the playoff, Spieth hit a tree off the tee but the ball bounded into the fairway. Spieth had a similar sand save from the same bunker, where he'd make tournament history minutes later. He even acknowledged he probably didn't deserve to be in a playoff given the breaks he caught on the back nine - the easy missed birdie putts; the tee shots that narrowly avoided getting wet.
"I jumped up and saw it (ball) coming right down on the pin", he said of his final shot.
"That style of head or that head shape I've had the most success with, so I went back to that today to see if I could conjure up any good feelings and it felt pretty good". Something like that to win a tournament.
"Yeah, obviously disappointment. But at the same time, I still had a putt to go another hole and nearly made it".
The hole was the first in Spieth's playoff against Daniel Berger.
Berger described the closing stages as "Jordan doing Jordan things". "You've got to keep resetting goals".
He still had a birdie putt left for a chance to continue Sunday's Travelers Championship. Greater Hartford Open with a six-stroke win over Ray Floyd and Hubert Green. Both Gene Littler (1959) and Tim Morris (1982) won at Wethersfield Country Club.