What it means: This is Garcia’s ninth PGA Tour win, his first since 2012 and just his second since the 2008 Players. Three back to start the day, he made four birdies and two bogeys in his first seven holes to immediately challenge for the lead. Garcia looked like he was set to fall out of contention after a bogey at 10 and a tee shot in the water at the driveable 11th, but he took his drop and saved his par. A birdie at the par-5 16th and two birdie misses at 17 and 18 got him into the clubhouse in 68 for the day and 15 under for the week. Once Koepka rinsed his opening tee ball and left his third shot woefully short of the green in the playoff, Garcia needed just a two-putt par for his second Byron Nelson title, 12 years after his first in 2004.
Best of the rest: The leader by two through 54 holes, Koepka went out in 1 under but made back-to-back bogeys at 14 and 15 for a birdie-less back-nine 37 and a round of 1-over 71. Playing first in the playoff, Koepka hit driver and pulled his tee shot into the water left of the fairway. After dropping in the rough behind the hazard, he left his pitching wedge well short of the green before chipping up and two-putting for a double-bogey 6. Despite the loss, the result will provide Koepka (12th) a boost on the U.S. points list as he tries to make his first Ryder Cup.
Round of the day: Jimmy Walker and Scott Pinckney both made nine birdies, both shot 7-under 63, and both moved 45 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 24th.
Biggest disappointment: Jordan Spieth’s sunnier attitude from earlier this week didn’t help him on Sunday, as the No. 2 player in the world looked lost from tee to green. He made three bogeys and a birdie on both sides for a round of 4-over 74 to finish tied for 18th at 10 under, five shots back. He’ll be back in the field next week at Colonial, trying to shake off his Masters hangover and build momentum for his U.S. Open title defense.
Shot of the day: On a negative note, Koepka’s tee shot on his second trip down 18. The playoff was over from the second it started.
Quote of the day: “It’s awesome to be up there with Seve.” – Garcia, who is now tied with Ballesteros for career PGA Tour victories