Spieth wins Valspar in playoff


Jordan Spieth made birdie on the third playoff hole to eliminate Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair and win the Valspar Championship. Here’s what you missed if you were watching the Selection Show:

Leaderboard: Spieth (-10), Reed (-10), O’Hair (-10), Henrik Stenson (-9), Ryan Moore (-8)

What it means: The win is only Spieth’s second on Tour but his fourth worldwide and his third in the last five months, following victories at the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge in back-to-back weeks last fall. One back to start the day, Spieth made the turn at even par, picked up two birdies at 13 and 14 and scrambled into the clubhouse with a series of improbable up-and-downs on the last three holes to post a 2-under 69 and make the playoff. After halving Reed and O’Hair on the first two holes with pars, Spieth made a 28-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to win. The 21-year-old is now the third-youngest player in Tour history to win multiple PGA Tour events, behind only Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. He is just the fourth player to win multiple events before the age of 22, joining Woods, Garcia and Robert Gamez.

Best of the rest: Reed charged from five back to start the day thanks to a 5-under 66. He was the first of the three to reach the clubhouse at 10 under thanks to a long, downhill birdie putt on the 72nd hole. He made two impressive par saves on the first two playoff holes to stay alive and appeared en route to making a third before Spieth ended it. O’Hair, who previously won at Valspar in 2008, made four back-nine birdies for a Sunday 67. He nearly won his second Valspar with a birdie putt on the second playoff hole that caught the edge and lipped out.

Biggest disappointment: Overnight leader Ryan Moore led the tournament by three shots with six holes to play but couldn’t find his way into the playoff. Bogeys at the par-3 13th and par-4 16th left Moore needing a birdie on 18 to join Spieth, Reed and O’Hair. Instead, he finished with a bogey for a 1-over 72 that left him in solo fifth. Moore was the only player in the top 23 who finished over par Sunday. He is now the eighth straight 54-hole leader on Tour who failed to convert.

Round of the day: Harris English finished before the leaders even teed off. Tied for 53rd overnight, English posted a bogey-free 6-under 65 to tie first-round leader Brian Davis for the low score of the week. English went out in 1 under, closed with five birdies for a back-nine 30, and moved all the way up into a tie for 10th.

Shot of the day: Any one of Spieth’s up-and-downs on 16, 17 and 18 could go here, but his 28-footer on the third playoff hole won it.

Quote of the day: “It was a crazy back nine, being three down with six to play. The Snake Pit, obviously, isn’t going to lend any birdies. … Just the scrambling coming in, those par saves coming in, and that putt (to win), that’s just luck. … I guess it was just my day.” - Spieth