Jordan Spieth birdies 18th to keep Travelers lead

Jordan Spieth claimed the Travelers Championship on Sunday from TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, defeating Daniel Berger in a playoff which he won with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Jordan Spieth watches his drive from 13th tee during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament Friday, June 23, 2017, in Cromwell, Conn.

Patrick Berger, who is in third place after the third round, tees off on the eighth hole on Saturday.

After a 4-under-par round of 66 on Saturday pushed him to 12 under for the tournament, Spieth can become the first Travelers champion to lead all four rounds since Peter Jacobsen in 2003.

Spieth and Tiger Woods are the only two players in the modern era to reach 10 wins before turning 24-years-old.

The closing charge by Spieth followed back-to-back bogeys from the 13th and put him at 12-under-par 198, while Weekley made five birdies in a bogey-free back nine including the last two holes to shoot 65 for an 11-under total.

"When it landed, I thought it was going to go in, but it just kind of bounced a little to the right", said Spieth, who drained a 6-footer on No. 16 and a 20-footer on the last hole for his lead on Weekley.

Sunday, McIlroy, using his third putter of the week, closed with a six-under 64 at the Travelers Championship.

"I hit some really good shots out there and I hit a couple of scrappy ones coming in but my short game saved me", Bland said.

Another stroke behind Berger are C.T. Pan of Taiwan, David Lingmerth of Sweden and Paul Casey of England. "I hit it and it went in, and I lost my mind". Spieth sunk a chip shot from the bunker on hole 18 to all but seal the victory.

Spieth helped quiet a cheering crowd as Berger had a long putt from off the green to extend the playoff but Berger could not match Spieth's stunning feat and the celebration began in earnest moments later. "I'm looking to hit the putt at the right speed".

Defending champion Russell Knox had a poor round, with six bogeys on his first 10 holes.

"Guys can tear up this front nine [too], and you see that on the board", Spieth said when asked after his round about the scoring opportunities on the back nine. He was even par overall.

Daniel Berger, victor in Memphis two weeks ago, finished round three at nine under. "But I think it was great to have two weeks off, because when you have two weeks off you totally forget about how you played the last few tournaments".

  • Julie Sanders