Jordan Spieth chips in from bunker to win Travelers Championship in playoff
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 3:29
Park finished with nine birdies and needed only 24 putts to take a two-shot lead over Mel Reid, Ally McDonald and So Yeon Ryu. A subtle fist pump and a nod to his caddie, Michael Greller, for a great read.
(68) for a share of fourth place at 10 under. Both chipped out close to the hole and both saved par to force the playoff. Another bogey followed, then a drive into a fairway bunker on the drivable par-4 15th.
Leishman's round wasn't as adventurous Spieth's, the Arnold Palmer Invitational victor notching 16 pars and two birdies for his second consecutive 68. He then rode the momentum to the clubhouse, making two more birdies on his way in.
There will be shades of déjà vu for Marc Leishman at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship as Jordan Spieth takes aim at a wire to wire victory and another piece of golf history at the TPC River Highlands.
Spieth bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14, then matched Weekley with three birdies on the final four holes, including the 18th, to retain sole possession of the lead. He's shown plenty of ability in his career though, winning three times, including back-to-back at Harbour Town in 2007 and 2008.
That started on the 10th hole, his first, when he sank an 11-foot par putt. He started his morning round on the back nine and had to recover from a double bogey on the par-5 13th hole after hitting his tee shot left and out-of-bounds. In five previous appearances at Travelers, Weekley's best finish is a tie for 14th. He hasn't won since the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
The third-ranked South Korean star shot a course-record 10-under 61 on Saturday in the NW Arkansas Championship to take a five-stroke lead into the final round, putting in in great position to become the first repeat victor this year. Woods had 15 victories before he turned 24. He tied for 16th last week in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
McIlroy's 64 to move to six-under was not about to win him the title in CT, but, after such a frustrating season plagued by injury, it did launch him back on a very confident track towards next month's Open Championship. Another stroke behind Berger are C.T. Pan of Taiwan, David Lingmerth of Sweden and Paul Casey of England. It's his second appearance at TPC River Highlands, the first coming in 2015 where he tied for 25th.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy - like Spieth making his tournament debut here - is 12 strokes off the lead and all but out of the race after following up Friday's poor 73 with an even-par 70.