Jordan Spieth chips in from bunker to capture Travelers in playoff

Solenn Plantier
Juin 26, 2017

Jordan Spieth celebrates with caddie Michael Greller after blasting out for birdie from a bunker on the 18th green to win the Travelers Championship.

The two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.

A splashdown second shot for Spieth at the par-5 13th led to a bogey, trimming his edge to one stroke over Daniel Berger.

"I played great today so I'm not going to be too upset", said Berger, who sportingly gave Spieth a thumbs-up gesture when his rival holed the winning bunker shot.

Spieth has a chance to join Phil Blackmar (1985) as the only players to win in their first start at the CT event.

He also won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February.

It was Romero's second European Tour title, ten years after he won the Players Championship of Europe.

Harrington suffered two bogeys in his opening four holes but recorded back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth to turn in level par and then had three birdies and just one bogey on his homeward run.

Spieth, who found water from the tee today, also made a mess of the hole Friday when he racked up a double bogey seven.

QUOTABLE: "For the bunker shot to go in, that was awesome".

"It's just Jordan doing Jordan things", said Berger.

"I knew I needed to hit a bunch of good shots (to pull off a win) and I did", Berger said. As much work as I've put into golf and as much as I'd love to win again and be a part of it, don't matter which tournament, I just want to win. He made another birdie on the next hole, before giving a shot back at No. 9.

Weekley is looking for his fourth tour title and first since 2013. The last player to win in Cromwell in his first start was Phil Blackmar in 1985.

Rory McIlroy's third change of putter in as many days finally brought some positive results on the greens, as the Northern Irishman - who'd barely survived the midway cut after a horrid time with the putter in hand - shot a finishing round 64 for 274, six-under-par, which gave him a top-20 finish at The Travelers championship in CT.

But the 23-year-old youngster didn't flinch. Tracy had a 67, Atkins a 69 and Landry a 70 on Saturday. 17 and 18. He slipped back into a tie for 10th, six behind Spieth, after a 68. He was even par overall.

The tournament was founded 65 years ago in 1952 as the Insurance City Open.

MUNICH - Sergio Garcia carded a 5-under 67 to join Richard Bland in a share of the lead in the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

After starting birdie-birdie on the day, Spieth would par nine of the next 12 holes.

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