Jordan Spieth holed a 60-foot bunker shot for a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the PGA Tour Travelers Championship over Daniel Berger. Meanwhile, Seattle native Fred Couples, 57, won on the 50-and-older PGA Tour Champions.
CROMWELL, Conn. – Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship.
The two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for a birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.
The 23-year-old Texan joined Tiger Woods as the only PGA Tour players in the era since World War II with 10 victories before turning 24.
Woods won 15 times before his 24th birthday.
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“That was one for the ages,” said Spieth, also a winner at Pebble Beach in February.
Spieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. He closed with an even-par 70 to match Berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.
Berger, who missed the cut at the U.S. Open, barely missed a 50-foot putt from off the 18th green that would have forced a second playoff hole.
“Jordan does Jordan things,” Berger said. “So there’s not really much you can say. I’m obviously disappointed, but happy to be in the position I was in today.”
Spieth earned $1.224 million.
Cheng-Tsung Pan (70), a former Washington Husky, tied for eighth place at 8 under and made $176,800.
Kyle Stanley (68) of Gig Harbor tied for 57th at 1 under and former UW player Joel Dahmen (69) tied for 62nd at even par.
Berger began the round in third place, three shots back. He tied Spieth with a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 15 as Spieth was making bogey on No. 14 and tied him again with a birdie from 8 feet at No. 17.
Berger hit his drive on the first playoff hole left and into the crowd behind a…