Spieth takes Travelers in finish 'for the ages'

Solenn Plantier
Juin 26, 2017

Jordan Spieth won the Travelers Championship on Sunday in a playoff, clinching the title in spectacular fashion as he holed out from a green-side bunker to defeat Daniel Berger at the first extra hole.

Spieth, who entered Sunday with a one-shot lead over Boo Weekley, led by two at the turn but bogeyed the 12th and 14th to drop to 11 under and into a tie alongside Berger.

Berger was unable to hole his putt from 50 feet and the win was Spieth's.

In the playoff, Berger played first and drove into the left rough. Playing in the penultimate group alongside C.T. Pan, Berger went out in 35 with a bogey and a birdie on the front nine but caught fire in the later holes. His second shot then hit the side of a hill some 20 yards short of the green and bounced back into the same bunker he'd almost holed out from minutes earlier on 18.

"And Jordan does Jordan things, so there's not really much you can say". That was fun. I don't know how many (more) or if I'll ever have a moment equivalent to that again, something like that to win a tournament. "I still wish I did it that way, but the way that it happened, sometimes you need a little fireworks". But you can't do anything about that. Before that, he missed the cut twice after finishing tied for 18th in 2013 and tied for 47th in 2012. With a win and a playoff runner-up in his last two non-major starts, he is starting to look like a no-brainer to play for USA captain Steve Stricker at the Presidents Cup.

"I couldn't have done any worse than what I've done in the first three days, so I just wanted to mix it up and go back to something that looked a little more familiar", said McIlroy, who will now enjoy a week off before heading to Portstewart to host the Irish Open. "We played great. The putter let me down today, but all in all this is a huge victory for us", Spieth said.

"I had a good week after a tough stretch", Stegmaier said.

What a scene it was today at TPC River Highlands.

The verdict: He likes the course, but isn't insane about his putting.

"It's cool to look at all the different places around the world we've won", Spieth said. This, despite taking 30 putts.

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. "But I took advantage of the good breaks and am happy to come out on top". And he has barely had enough time to test all that new gear in tournament conditions. "It feels like I ve been out here a long time". "It's just been so stop-start".

But he produced three back-to-back bodies on the 7th, 8th and 9th.

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