Spieth nails bunker shot to win playoff

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Indeed, Jordan Spieth is developing a reputation for pulling off some unbelievable shots and putts on his way to what is now ten victories on the PGA Tour at such a young age.

The two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger on Sunday at TPC River Highlands. With this trophy, Spieth is the second golfer since World War II to win at least PGA Tour events before his 24th birthday. Woods won 15 times before age 24.

"That was one for the ages", said Spieth, who also won the AT&T at Pebble Beach earlier this year.

"Jordan does Jordan things, you know", said Berger, after Spieth's flawless sand shot beat him on the first playoff hole at TPC River Highlands.

Spieth's birdie pipped out countryman Daniel Berger in the playoff after Berger had posted 12-under, leaving Spieth to par the 72nd hole to force a playoff.

Even after Spieth's incredible hole out, Berger - a victor at Memphis two weeks ago - narrowly missed a 50-footer from off the green that would have forced a second playoff hole.

"It's just Jordan doing Jordan things, you know", Berger told CBS following the play-off. "There's not really much you can say". As I've said repeatedly on this blog, Jordan Spieth needs to correct that bent left arm in his swing at ball impact.

When Berger missed his birdie putt from the left front portion of the green, Spieth took off his hat, shook Greller's hand and then the hand of Berger, whose nickname is Boge.

In the television interview of Daniel Berger minutes later, he was asked how he felt when he saw Spieth's sand shot go in the hole. Luckily for him, the ball rebounded back onto the fairway but left him 215 yards from the green.

So did Greller, who launched the bunker rake into the air at the same moment Spieth flung his lob wedge wildly to the side and then ran up to his caddie and they launched into a low-rise chest bump. In a little bit of foreshadowing, Spieth proceeded to almost holed the shot, sending the ball spinning three feet past the hole before sinking the par try to force overtime and a return to the 18th tee.

"I don't know if I'll ever have a moment like that again", Spieth said. It was also Spieth's fourth playoff victory since 2013, the most of anyone on tour.

New Zealand s Danny Lee and American Charley Hoffman shared third on 270, one stroke ahead of England s Paul Casey and Americans Patrick Reed and Boo Weekley, who managed his first top-25 finish of the season. The others were Gene Litter in 1959 and Tim Norris in 1982.

"It was a great up and down in regulation", Spieth said. "That's all I could ask for", Berger said. But those would be his final two birdies until a 16-footer on the 15th hole. He shot a 73 to finish at even par.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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