Sunday, September 23, 2018

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."

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