Jordan Spieth wins 10th PGA Tour event in playoff at Travelers Championship

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

To be honest, this win came harder than some may have thought, Holding a three-shot lead with eight to play, Spieth lost it all with a combination of mistakes and Berger's hot play.

Rory McIlroy's third change of putter in as many days finally brought some positive results on the greens, as the Northern Irishman - who'd barely survived the midway cut after a horrid time with the putter in hand - shot a finishing round 64 for 274, six-under-par, which gave him a top-20 finish at The Travelers championship in CT.

Berger, the Memphis victor two weeks ago before missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open, just missed a 50-foot putt from off the 18th green left that would have forced a second playoff hole.

JUST MISSED: Berger puts up a valiant battle. So there's not really much you can say. But after clipping his third to three feet, he missed the putt for birdie and did the same on the next green to slip back to 11 under. His second shot went into the greenside bunker and the third was magical. Spieth birdied the par-4 18th to finish the day one shot ahead of Boo Weekley.

Heading back to the 18th again for the playoff, Berger and Spieth both struggled off the tee. Spieth is a stroke clear of American compatriot Boo Weekly. But then he stumbled with a double bogey on 16 and bogeys on the final two holes for a two-under 68.

A putt for birdie on 15 helped snap Spieth's game back into focus.

Just as fun as the shot was the celebration.

Spieth hit his first six fairways and got his first birdie of the day on the sixth hole, when he chipped in from 30 feet behind the green.

"It was nice to see as many of those putts as possible go in to give me some confidence for the weekend", Spieth said.

McIlroy's tee-to-green display in the final round was impressive, as he hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation.

"He's a really good ball striker who a couple events that I've been involved in, in the heat of things, he shot very low numbers on Sundays".

Spieth, in his tournament debut, became the just the third wire-to-wire victor in the event's history.

Spieth's only other wire-to-wire win was the 2015 Masters. Something like that to win a tournament. The last player to win in Cromwell in his first start was Phil Blackmar in 1985.

Charley Hoffman (66) and Danny Lee (67) tied for third at 270.

McIlroy, now ranked third in the world, will take this coming week off, followed by a stretch of three straight that will include the Irish Open, Scottish Open and The Open. "It feels like I've been out here a long time".

As for what putter he will have in the bag at his next start, the Irish Open, stay tuned.

Defending champion Russell Knox is in a tie for 28th place at 3-under.

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