Jordan Spieth pulled off a stunning win Sunday at the Travelers Championship with a hole-out from the bunker on the first sudden-death playoff hole against Daniel Berger.
Spieth, in his tournament debut, became the just the third wire-to-wire winner in Travelers championship history.
“We got off to a beautiful start coming off that last round at the U.S. Open,” Spieth said after the final round. “Took it easy for a couple days. My ball striking has been rock solid for a while now. It’s just about when are those putts going to start going in, and they did for the first few rounds, and didn’t quite today and that happens, but it’s tough. It is tough when you don’t have somebody ahead of you to chase. You’ve got to keep resetting goals.
“I think this was my third wire-to-wire win worldwide, second one at The Masters, and here, and then Tiger’s event (Hero World Challenge). At each of those events on the green the other two events I was feeling fantastic around the greens and on the greens. This week, you know, it was like I said, it was getting there. It was moving in the right direction.”
Not only did Spieth make tournament history, he captivated fans with his second win of the year. He even blew himself away by the way he captured the victory.
“I jumped up and saw it coming right down on the pin,” Spieth said of the bunker shot. “And I went nuts. That was fun. I don’t know how many or if I’ll ever have a moment equivalent to that again. Something like that to win a tournament. But, yeah, that was very memorable, and I certainly soaked it in.”
Spieth had the utmost respect for Berger, who was in search of his second win in three weeks, after successfully defending his title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
“You know, (Berger) has got ice in his veins,” Spieth said. “I knew he’d be tough. I didn’t think 12 under would win today. Between (Berger), and Boo and Pan, those guys would be able to tear up the golf course, but it was just hard enough today to hold it to 12 under.”
Although he didn’t shoot his best score Sunday, Spieth explained why maintaining a lead can sometimes be more difficult than chasing one down.
“I just got off a little today, and Michael (Greller) did a great job keeping me in,” Spieth said. “Could sleep good on the lead and trying to set new goals and kind of chase a ghost which is normally the goal when you’re in the lead is chasing score, that can be more challenging than chasing somebody else down.
“But we’ve got a good record of 54 hole leads. It’s the position we want to be in. We’re okay with chasing that ghost. Today was a little harder than some of the other times, but all in all, a win’s a win.”
With less than a month separating Spieth from the season’s third major (British Open), he is starting to round into form at just the right time.