In a wild end to his Travelers Championship debut, Jordan Spieth chipped in from the entrance bunker on the 18th gap to win his 10th PGA Tour title Sunday within the first sudden demise playoff in opposition to Daniel Berger.
Spieth, 23, joins Tiger Woods as the one golfers within the trendy period to win 10 PGA Tour titles earlier than their 24th birthdays. He's the primary wire-to-wire winner on the Travelers Championship since Tim Norris in 1982 and the third in match historical past. It's the second wire-to-wire victory in Spieth’s profession, with the 2015 Masters the opposite, and his second Tour win this season.
It was the 22nd time the championship had been determined by a playoff and the primary since 2015. The match has gone to a playoff 4 instances since 2010.
Spieth and Berger went into the playoff tied at 12-under-par 268 for the match.
After each Spieth and Berger went forwards and backwards to drive the playoff within the closing eight holes, Spieth holed his chip shot from 61 toes, 5 inches. Berger nonetheless had a 50-foot putt to drive one other playoff, however he put his ball simply previous the cup.
Spieth had put his strategy to the inexperienced on the ultimate gap of regulation in the identical bunker. After making the chip, Spieth threw his wedge and did a chest pump along with his caddie, Michael Greller. In a present of sportsmanship, Berger then moved towards and prolonged his hand in congratulations. The large crowds lining the 18th despatched let up a loud roar after the shot went in.
Each gamers began the playoff with forgettable tee pictures. Berger despatched his drive into the best facet hill. Spieth’s drive hit the highest of a tree on the best facet of the green and noticed his ball drop into the center of the green leaving him 230 toes to the opening. Spieth then hit his subsequent shot into the identical frontside bunker about 20 minutes earlier.
A 12 months after he misplaced the Travelers Championship after getting into the ultimate spherical with the lead, Berger got here from three pictures again to drive the playoff with Spieth. However he was denied his redemption story when Spieth chipped out.
Spieth, who had led by shot after each spherical, completed at even-par Sunday. Berger pressured the sudden playoff to with a three-beneath spherical of 67.
Spieth entered the ultimate spherical with a with three-shot lead over Berger and a -shot lead over Boo Weekley. However after making two bogeys on the again 9, his lead had been trimmed to nothing. Berger, taking part in within the group forward of Spieth, made three birdies within the closing six holes.
Charley Hoffman and Danny Lee tied at for third at 10-under par. Patrick Reed, Paul Casey and Boo Weekley have been subsequent at 9-beneath. Madison native Brett Stegmaier shot 5-beneath 275 to complete tied for 26th.