Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff


Cromwell, Conn. - Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an fantastic final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship.

At 23 years old, Jordan has become the second youngest player in history to win 10 PGA Tour titles. Woods won 15 times before age 24.

Spieth beat hard-charging Daniel Berger, who had birdies on three of the last six holes of regulation, to force a playoff. From a bunker along the green, Spieth rolled in a chip from about 61 feet.

Playing the par-4 18th as the first playoff hole, Spieth chipped in for birdie from the sand to earn his victory.

Three shots behind Spieth in third place is Daniel Berger at 9 under after a 66.

"I'm hesitant and will speak out adamantly about not comparing myself to anybody else", said Spieth, who moved back to world No.3 with his second win of the year.

"That was one for the ages", said Spieth, also a victor at Pebble Beach in February. He opened the day going bogey-birdie before running off 10 straight pars.

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"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".

However, he couldn't continue his momentum, parring a succession of holes before dropping a shot on the 14th hole and regaining it on the 15th.

"It's incredible. It feels like we've been out here for a long time but it's only been four years", he said. Berger birdied 17 to tie it back up and both made great par saves on 18. "That was a big deal because everyone (knew there would be) 15,000 people all following Steve and I wanted to be in that group". Notes: The field, unusually strong for the Travelers Championship, includes Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Justin Thomas.

After struggling to make the cut, McIlroy changed his putter on Sunday and posted seven birdies as he charged up the leader-board. "The putter let me down most of the round". "But I took advantage of the good breaks and am happy to come out on top". "What a tremendous last four holes, finishing holes, where you can get the crowd super involved with an amphitheater setting".

Spieth had the utmost respect for Berger, who was in search of his second win in three weeks, after successfully defending his title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

And then he holes out from the bunker to win, in front of one of the loudest galleries, bar none, on the tour.

"The app will say, 'Hey you know the restrooms are right around the corner from where you are or concessions have just opened or be sure to visit X where there's going to be a signature here".