Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Texan Jordan Spieth wins Dean & Deluca Invitational for first victory in home state (w/ video)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jordan Spieth found the perfect cure for his Masters misery.

With an impressive back nine at Colonial, Spieth won at home in Texas for the first time on the PGA Tour. He had three straight birdies after making the turn and three in a row to finish his 5-under 65 Sunday, including a chip-in birdie from behind the 17th green after a fortunate bounce off a marshal.

"In our third tournament back, to come back and close this one out the way we did is really, really special," Spieth said. "This day is a moment that'll go down, no matter what happens in the next 30 years of my career, this will be one of the most important days that I've ever had."

Spieth, ranked No. 2 in the world, punctuated his eighth career victory with a 34-foot birdie putt when he needed only bogey to win the Dean & Deluca Invitational.

At 17-under 263, Spieth finished three strokes ahead of Harris English (66). Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson tied for third at 13 under, both shooting 68.

Last month at Augusta, Spieth blew a five-stroke lead on the back nine when trying to win the Masters for the second year in a row. There was an extended break before he missed the cut at the Players Championship, then he tied for 18th a week ago at the Byron Nelson before finally winning in the Lone Star State after three runnerup finishes there.

"The significance of it happening now … because I wasn't sure how long it would take to get over the hurdle of having to come in to every single interview room, having to listen to crowds only talk about what happened a month ago," he said. "And it's very difficult, and I'm 22. It's not like I hadn't won, and we've won two majors."

He's the reigning U.S. Open champ and will try to defend that title at Oakmont in three weeks.

Nearly two months before his 23rd birthday, Spieth broke a tie with Tiger Woods for wins at age 22 or younger. The only player with more that young was Horton Smith with 14 from 1928-30.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn became the first player to win three straight events on tour in three years, closing with 5-under 67 for a five-stroke victory in the Volvik Championship iat Ann Arbor, Mich. Jutanugarn, 20, of Thailand is the first player since Inbee Park in 2013 to win three straight tournaments and the first to make her first three career victories consecutive. Jutanugarn finished at 15-under 273 after starting the day with a one-shot edge. "Last year I had chance to win a few tournaments, but I didn't know how to play with pressure," she said. "This year, I know how to play under pressure." Christina Kim was second after 71.

CHAMPIONS: Rocco Mediate holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th to wrap up a record-setting wire-to-wire victory in the Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Mich. Mediate, 53, closed the tour's second major of the season with 5-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over two-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie. Mediate finished at 19-under 265 to break the tournament record of 268 set by Sam Snead in 1973. "I didn't know I shot 66," Mediate said. "I didn't know what the heck I shot. … A lot of great things happened (Sunday) and I don't believe I'm sitting here. I really don't."

Jordan Spieth is pumped up after making birdie on No. 16, the first of three straight to close out his final-round 5-under 65. Spieth, 22, has eight career victories.

Getty Images

Jordan Spieth is pumped up after making birdie on No. 16, the first of three straight to close out his final-round 5-under 65. Spieth, 22, has eight career victories.

Texan Jordan Spieth wins Dean & Deluca Invitational for first victory in home state (w/ video) 05/29/16 [Last modified: Sunday, May 29, 2016 9:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Offense shows signs of waking up in win over Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The drought was so severe that it's still probably too soon to say that the Rays are out of it, but they did score six runs Tuesday in a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays.

    Corey Dickerson high-fives Wilson Ramos after hitting a solo home run in the third inning, putting the Rays up 2-1.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Blue Jays game

    The Heater

    C Wilson Ramos, coming off major right knee surgery, understandably often takes it easy running the bases, though it's not always a good look. But he hustled when he needed to Tuesday and got the Rays a run by beating out a two-out infield single.

  3. Rays are full of ideas they'd like to share when commissioner visits

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Commissioner Rob Manfred is coming to the Trop today. Hmm. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg will be there to greet him. Hmmmm. And they have a scheduled joint media session. Hmmmmmmmmm.

    Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t expected to say anything definitive about the Rays’ stadium situation when he visits the team today.
  4. Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Blue Jays

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman laughs after Houston Astros' Carlos Beltran reached first on an infield single during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
  5. For starters: Rays vs. Blue Jays: Looking to make it 2 in a row


    UPDATE, 5:52: Cash said the off-day should have done the Rays good after losing 12 of their last 16 games and 20 of their last 30, with just one day off in that stretch:

    Chris Archer will be on the mound for the Rays.