CROMWELL, Conn. – Three weeks ago at the FedEx St. Jude Classic Daniel Berger began the final round three strokes off the lead but rallied with a closing 66 to win his second PGA Tour title.
Despite a rough start that included a bogey at his first hole and an even-par opening loop, Berger pulled into a tie for the lead with a 5-footer for birdie at the 15th hole and kept pace with Spieth with a 7-footer for birdie two holes later to finish tied for the lead at 12 under par.
“I made a ton of pars early on,” Berger said. “It was looking like I was completely out of the golf tournament with nine holes to go. I just put my head down and continued to hit good shots and gave myself a chance.”
On the first playoff hole Berger pulled his drive left and hit his next shot to 50 feet only to watch Spieth hole out from a greenside bunker for birdie. Berger’s birdie attempt slipped past the hole for his fourth runner-up finish on Tour.
“Jordan does Jordan things,” Berger said. “I played great today, so I'm not going to be too upset. Obviously I wanted to win, just kind of speechless right now.”