Travelers Championship recap
by: Jonathon Warriner Twitter: @Bracketologist3
WHAT A FINISH!
An insane hole out by Jordan Spieth from a bunker on the 18th hole in a playoff gave Jordan Spieth his 10th career PGA Tour victory. Spieth, became only the second player to ever get to the 10 win mark before his 24th birthday, sharing that honor with Tiger Woods.
Spieth started the week out well shooting a 7-under 63 to take the lead after round 1, Spieth followed that up with a 1-under 69 to take a one stroke lead heading into the weekend. On Saturday a host of challengers made runs at Spieth, however Spieth closed with birdies on 15, 16, and 18 to finish up a 4-under 66 to take a one shot lead into Sunday.
On Sunday, Spieth started with birdies on the first two holes to open up a 3 shot lead at 14-under par. Competitors failed to make any moves on the front nine and Spieth still held a three stroke lead at 13-under par after 11 holes. On the 12th Spieth made bogey after hitting the ball out to the right and three putting from around 60 feet away. On the 13th Spieth hit it right but caught a break after it didn’t roll into the water. After laying up Spieth hit it to about 5 feet but he missed the putt for birdie. On the the 14th Spieth had another short putt that he missed and he had to settle for bogey.
Meanwhile out of the pack of competitors, Daniel Berger made a birdie on holes 13 and 15 to tie Jordan Spieth at 11-under par. On the drivable 15th Jordan Spieth nearly hit his tee shot in the water, however he knocked his chip to 15-feet. On the birdie putt Spieth pushed the putt and began walking towards the hole to remark it however the ball took a little bit more break and went in the hole for a birdie, as Spieth took the lead again at 12-under par. Berger meanwhile on the 17th hit it to 5-feet and rolled in the birdie putt to join Spieth at 12-under par. Spieth made pars on 16 and 17 and then both Berger and Spieth were at 12-under par playing the 18th hole. On 18 both Spieth and Berger hit shots into greenside bunkers, however both got up and down for pars and they were on to a playoff at 18.
In the playoff, Berger hit tee shot into the left rough, while Spieth hit his shot through the trees and into the fairway although shorter than usual. On the second shots Spieth missed short in the same green side bunker he was in minutes before, while Berger hit his shot into the left fringe about 50-feet away. hitting from the bunker Spieth hit his shot short and rolled it up into the hole for a birdie. After a frustrating day Spieth celebrated by throwing his club and chest bumping his caddie Michael Greller. The victory wasn’t official as Berger still had a putt from off the green, Berger hit a putt that would be great under most occasions but was not good enough to continue the playoff.