Jordan Spieth makes bunker shot to win PGA Travelers playoff

Jordan Spieth makes bunker shot to win PGA Travelers playoff

Jordan Spieth claimed his 10th PGA Tour title after a dramatic play-off win secured victory at the Travelers Championship in CT on Sunday.

“It was cool, I mean the ground was shaking it was so loud, what an amphitheater” said Spieth, who tossed his wedge in celebration and then shared a running chest bump with caddie Michael Greller following the 61-foot chip.

As Spieth weighed up his shot from the sand on the 18th hole, Tour colleague and friend Justin Thomas, who equaled the US Open scoring record with a nine-under 63 at Erin Hills, tweeted: “Wouldn’t be surprised if @JordanSpieth just holed this bunker shot”.

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.

Spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds.

Sixth-ranked Spieth, the 2015 Masters and US Open champion, fired a final-round par 70 to finish 72 holes level with Berger on 12-under 268 at TPC River Highlands near Hartford, Connecticut.

Berger, the Memphis victor two weeks ago before missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open, just missed a 50-foot putt from off the 18th green left that would have forced a second playoff hole.

“That’s a lot of luck”, Spieth said.

Birdies at the opening two holes set Spieth on course for a comfortable victory, but his all-round game began to falter and he dropped a shot at the fourth before grinding out a series of pars.

Spieth’s approach fell into bunker.

“Dreams come true. I always dreamed about it”.

Berger answered with a seven-foot birdie putt at the par-4 17th to match Spieth on 12-under. Romero shot a bogey-free, 7-under 65 to win the tournament that he was competing in on a sponsor’s invite. The last player to win in Cromwell in his first start was Phil Blackmar in 1985.

Berger had the honour and pulled his drive into the left rough before Spieth, who enjoyed a number of fortunate breaks on the back nine in particular, failed to clear the tree on the left of the fairway and his ball cannoned off a branch and back into the short grass.

New Zealand’s Danny Lee and American Charley Hoffman shared third on 270, one stroke ahead of England’s Paul Casey and Americans Patrick Reed and Boo Weekley, who managed his first top-25 finish of the season.

Both players parred 18 to set up the playoff, each finding a greenside bunker then blasting out to three feet and making the par putt.

Couples birdied six of the first 11 holes and finished at 15-under 201.

Spieth followed it with a shaky tee shot on the par-5 13th, which was a hole he’s struggled on all week with a double bogey and bogey.