CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth is aware of learn how to play to a crowd on the Travelers Championship.
After dropping the lead on the again 9 and ending 18 holes tied with Daniel Berger, Spieth discovered the right method to ship residence the huge gallery surrounding the 18th inexperienced — a birdie chip-in from the sand entice on the primary playoff gap.
“It was cool, I imply the bottom was shaking it was so loud, what an amphitheater” stated Spieth, who tossed his wedge in celebration after which shared a working chest bump with caddie Michael Greller following the 61-foot chip. “Yesterday on 15 was fairly loud, however that one was fairly ridiculous. That’s the loudest I’ve ever been in, it’s up there.”
Spieth, 23, who led the TPC River Highlands event all week, joins elite firm with Tiger Woods as the one golfer since 1983 to win 10 PGA Tour occasions earlier than their 24th birthday. Woods gained 15.
“I believe it’s superior,” stated Spieth, who shot even-par 70 in the ultimate spherical. “I’m hesitant and can converse out adamantly about not evaluating myself to anyone else. I believe that’s unfair. I don’t suppose anyone will do what Tiger did for the sport, but it surely’s actually cool to be out right here at my age, to expertise what we’re capable of expertise, play golf for a residing.
“That’s a dream come true for me.”
It’s the second time Spieth has gained after main a PGA Tour occasion wire-to-wire. The primary time was the 2015 Masters.
“I performed the playoff gap nice,” stated Berger, who was three-below for the day. “He hit an unbelievable bunker shot, and Jordan does Jordan issues. So there’s probably not a lot you may say. I’m clearly disillusioned, however completely satisfied to be in the place I used to be in right this moment.”
Berger and Spieth every completed regulation at 12-under, with the previous sinking three birdies on the again 9. Spieth fell to 11-under with bogeys on the 12th and 14th, however earned one again with a 16-footer on the 15th.
Berger matched that putt with a 7-footer for birdie on the 17th.
Spieth needed to chip out of the identical entice the primary time he performed the 18th, however settled for par after leaving the sand shot about three-toes brief.
“I felt extra snug in the bunker than I did from 4 toes,” Spieth stated. “I used to be in there in regulation, knew it was the place to be. So my method shot I believed that if it weren't going to hold, that bunker’s not unhealthy. If it occurs to hold on to the inexperienced, nice. From 225 into this gap I used to be pleased with the place it was. I used to be simply making an attempt to get it up there someplace across the gap.
Coming into Sunday, Spieth solely had 5 bogeys and one double bogey on his card, however struggled all afternoon, particularly off the tee to shoot even par, with three birdies and three pars.
He began off with birdies on the primary and second holes to maneuver to 14-under, however gave one again with bogey on No. four. Then bother struck on the bottom, with a bogey on the 12th.
Spieth adopted it with a shaky tee shot on the par-5 13th, which was a gap he’s struggled on all week with a double bogey and bogey. Nevertheless, he recovered from a driver that had left him hitting off a downward slope close to a pond to make par.
Spieth was off the green on the 14th, however bogeyed the par-four gap for the second straight day, which moved him right into a tie with Berger at 11-under.
The opposite crowd favourite, Rory McIlroy was completed earlier than the leaders even teed off. McIlroy, who used his third totally different putter of the week, shot a 6-below 64, his greatest rating of the event.
A bogey on the ultimate gap apart, the 28-year-outdated Irishman turned in a seven-birdie spherical in his closing in the US earlier than flying residence for 3 occasions, together with subsequent month’s British Open.
Charlie Hoffman posted his second straight top-10 end at 10-under to tie for third with Danny Lee.
Different notables, Boo Weekley, Paul Casey and Patrick Reed every completed at 9-below, Keegan Bradley was eight-below, Brandt Snedeker was at 7-below and Jim Furyk at 5-below.