Jordan Spieth Wins the Valspar on 3rd Playoff Hole

Jordan Spieth sank a 28 foot birdie putt on the par 3 17th hole to win what was the best tournament on the PGA Tour so far this year.  Spieth’s birdie came on the 3rd playoff hole to defeat Sean O’Hair and his Ryder Cup partner, Patrick Reed.

“That’s just luck,” he said with a smile. “Guess it was my day.”(AP)

That was not just luck Jordan.  That was a classic, slugfest between 2 of the young stars of the PGA Tour and another player in 32 year old, Sean O’Hair that we should not sleep on in the future.   Wow!  Can we get this every week?

The back nine started to look like it was going to be a game of “who can catch Ryan Moore?” but that was not to be the case.  He walkded off the 12th green at (-11) and a three shot lead and it looked like his tournament.  Moore seemed to lose his edge in the “Snake Pit” and finished with bogeys on 16 and 18 to drop him to (-8) and a solo 5th finish.

“It was a tough day out there,” Moore said. “For me, just the putter was ice cold today. I had plenty of opportunities. I hit some great shots. You know, I had a lot of good chances, I just didn’t capitalize on them and kind of ran out of steam.”(PGATour.com)

That was only part of the drama on the back nine.

Henrik Stenson was a few groups ahead of the leaders and playing some great golf in his own right.  He got to the clubhouse at (-9) with a 67 on the day.  He birdied 14, 15 and 16 on his way to posting a great number to sit on and watch.  It turned out to be one stroke short of the playoff though and left the Swede with a solo 4th place finish.

Patrick Reed shot a final round 66 (-5) with 4 birdies on the back nine.  The biggest came on the 72nd hole when he sank a 30 foot putt for birdie to get into the clubhouse at (-10).  Reed is turning into a fan favorite due to his emotional style of play and that emotion was on in full effect after sinking that putt.

(courtesy NBC/PGA Tour)

Spieth got to (-10) after birdies at 13 and 14.  He struggled with his approach shots down the stretch and it looked like the “Snake Pit” was going to bite him.  Every time he missed a green he would make a tremendous up and down to save par.  The par 3 17th hole required Spieth to play a downhill, flop shot that he hit to six-feet and then calmly sank the par putt.  He then had to save par with a twelve footer for par on 18th hole and he rolled that one in as well with a huge fist pump follow!

The extra holes would be every bit as exciting!

O’Hair would put himself in positions with lengthy birdie putts that he was not able to capitalize on.

Patrick Reed on the other hand had his approach on the first playoff hole, the 18th, bury in the lip of the bunker.  He played an amazing blast shot to about 4 feet to save par.  Then on the par-4 16th hole he his over the green and almost holed his chip shot to win.  Even on the 3rd playoff hole, the par-3 17th he hit a tremendous bunker shot after coming up just short off the tee, but that did not matter as Spieth drained his winning birdie putt.

(courtesy NBC/PGA Tour)

This is the kind of excitement that the young starts bring to the PGA Tour.  We would love to see a playoff every Sunday!

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Author: Brian Stefan

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