Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 10:03
The 25-year-old former Purdue player shot a 1-over 72 to match Axley (66), Kropp (67) and third-round leader Thompson (74) at 14-under 270 at Panther Creek.
The 2017 season is not going the way Spieth may have hoped.
Boo Weekley is right behind Spieth at 11-under 199 after a 65 in the third round.
Spieth simply made a miraculous shot. He was even par overall. Berger ended his tournament in second place. Greater Hartford Open with a six-stroke win over Ray Floyd and Hubert Green.
The 23-year-old phenom won the Travelers Championship in CT this afternoon in incredibly dramatic fashion.
On Sunday, he finally found one that cooperated. He realizes that his lead could be gone even before he steps foot on the course. "It's not the easiest course to hold the lead on". But he fought back to get his win. Sunday changes that. It's not just his drama-soaked win, it's how he pulled off a rarity - a chip-in on a playoff hole from the sunken sand trap! - and how much of his high-spirited side he displayed.
More importantly, though, it was McIlroy's decision to switch to a more traditional blade putter, rather than a mallet, which brought some satisfaction as he heads into a busy summer schedule that kickstarts Thursday week with the defence of his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open title at Portstewart. "So that will be the goal tomorrow". Spieth's victor was part luck, mostly feel, and some combination of wiring in his brain that allowed him to coolly launch that ball from a bed of sand while thousands held their breath in his backswing. He had seven birdies in the third round and leads the tournament with 19 after three rounds.
Spieth saw his lead evaporate with bogeys on 13 and 14, but he regained his composure with birdies on 15 and 16.
"That was really fun", he said. "But being able to be toward the front of the pack on a Saturday afternoon is a handsome position to be in and one that we'll certainly embrace. It was a long day, a 5½ round". "I'm looking to hit the putt at the right speed". (The roar) yesterday on 15 was pretty loud, but that one (on 18 Sunday) was pretty ridiculous. That technically is correct, but on the silver trophy that Spieth was still clutching hours after the victory, there should be etched a line of demarcation that notes a tipping point this year, when it became something so much more.
Again Spieth answered the challenge, firing his tee shot at the par-4 15th into a greenside bunker, then blasting out inches from the cup for a tap-in birdie to reclaim sole possession of the lead at 10-under.
McIlroy had an encouraging start, with a birdie on par-5 13th.
It's been a while.
"I'm going to go out there and play solid golf, " Spieth said. "It's just kind of surreal to be back up here in front of y'all and talking about it".
CROMWELL, Conn. - If the tournament wasn't dead, it was at least on life support.
Defending champion Kirk Triplett shot a 73 to drop into a tie for 41st at 2 under. Berger had a 66 on Saturday to leap into contention.
He hit an unbelievable bunker shot, and Jordan does Jordan things.
Tour rookie C.T. Pan is fourth, one of three golfers who are four shots off the pace. His one hiccup on Saturday was consecutive bogeys at Nos.
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.
Ryu reached 16 under to break the tournament 36-hole record by two strokes. For Lee, the T-3 result is his best finish of the season, and third in the top-10. It was his first playoff victory since beating Lake Orion's Tom Gillis in 2015 at the John Deere Classic.