Jordan Spieth Birdie From Bunker on 18 at Travelers


Jordan Spieth Birdie From Bunker on 18 at Travelers

Spieth has won two Australian Opens including a playoff at Royal Sydney past year, and has said he intends returning to defend his title at The Australian Golf Club in November, pending a final announcement. The first time was the 2015 Masters.

Minutes after saying this win was "One for the ages", receiving the trophy Sunday and donning the Travelers Championship blazer, Spieth praised the tournament and the many vocal fans.

Spieth survived the play-off showdown with Daniel Berger to record victory at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Berger, three shots off the lead to start the day, birdied three of the final six holes to force a playoff.

Berger came up empty on a 50-foot birdie putt that would have forced a second playoff hole.

Just a couple of weeks ago, something wasn't clicking for Jordan Spieth. So there's not really much you can say. "I'm obviously disappointed, but happy to be in the position I was in today". He went on to make seven consecutive pars and then gave another shot back at the par-4 12th and yet another two holes later at the 14th. His second shot went into the greenside bunker and the third was magical. This time they each pushed their tee shots left, with Spieth being the worse off of the two after hitting a tree and leaving himself 225 yards to the green.

"I felt more comfortable in the bunker than I did from four feet", he said. Then he had to withstand Daniel Berger coming close on making a putt from off the green before earning the 2017 Travelers Championship.

Even after Spieth's incredible hole out, Berger - a victor at Memphis two weeks ago - narrowly missed a 50-footer from off the green that would have forced a second playoff hole.

He wedged from lush rough at 15 to within 16 feet 2 inches of the cup.

Just as fun as the shot was the celebration. 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.

He struggled with the putter and had dropped three shots by the time he left the 14th green.

"That s incredible", Spieth said.

He's the third player to go wire-to-wire alone in the lead at the CT event. Both Gene Littler (1959) and Tim Morris (1982) won at Wethersfield Country Club. This followed him holding a three-shot lead after three rounds previous year, shooting a 74 in the last round and finishing fifth. Something like that to win a tournament.

Charlie Hoffman posted his second straight top-10 finish at 10-under to tie for third with Danny Lee.

Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Paul Casey, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, Jason Kokrak, Russell Knox and Brian Harman were among other notables in the field at the outset.



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