Cromwell, Connecticut – Jordan Spieth showed up to the Travelers Championship for the first time in his career, and left with a perfect winning percentage at TPC River Highlands after perhaps the most dramatic shot on the PGA Tour this season.
After opening with a 7 under par 63 on the 6,841 yard par 70 layout on Thursday, Spieth shot rounds of 69 and 66 in rounds two & three to share the 54 hole lead with Boo Weekley. He struggled a bit on the poa greens on Sunday missing two short putts, but when he needed a clutch up and down from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole (to reach a playoff with Daniel Berger – who already had posted 12 under par) he delivered the goods.
In the playoff (that began on the eighteenth), both players failed to pull off the the attempted fade tee shot. Berger hitting first, pulled his drive into the tall tree that guards the left edge of the fairway, but the ball went through and ended up in the left rough – leaving him 155 yards. Spieth double-crossed his tee shot as well, but it kicked out into the fairway leaving him a long 227 yard approach. His long iron second shot came up just short, leaving him in the same front right bunker that he had just gotten up n down from minutes earlier to reach the playoff. Berger then gouged out his approach from the thick rough, it landed on the green but it trickled just off the surface onto the fringe some 35 feet away.
Jordan Spieth walked into the bunker and surveyed the 61 ft shot that he likely needed to once again get up n down to survive. He splashed it up onto the green and watched intensely as the ball took two bounces and rolled up the hill towards the target. The ball appeared to be willed into the jar as it dove into the bottom cup with perfect pace. Instantaneously, Spieth flung his club in celebration, ran out of the bunker and leaped into a full on chest bump with Michael Grellar. Meanwhile, the New England faithful had erupted with a roar that was more reminiscent of a Bruins goal at the Boston Garden then a PGA Tour event. Certainly, it was unlike any other we’ve heard this season. Even though Berger made a valiant attempt for a birdie of his own, it wasn’t to be. This was Jordan’s world, and we were all just living in it. The 61 ft walkoff was the stuff that legends are made of, and after notching his 10th PGA Tour win – spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only players to ever accomplish such a feat.
“Jordan does Jordan things,” Berger said afterward.
In typical Jordan Spieth fashion, he was extremely humble and honest when assessing the victory: “This is probably my luckiest win for sure, with all the breaks I got today.”
Spieth moved to 4th in the Fedex Cup standings with the victory.
Berger shot a final round 67 to reach 12 under par. Charley Hoffman and Danny Lee finished tied for third at -10.