Three-time main winner Jordan Spieth defeated Patrick Cantlay with a par on the primary playoff gap to win the US PGA Heritage title on Sunday after a final-round shootout.
Spieth pitched from a bunker to inside inches of the outlet on the par-4 18th and tapped in for par whereas reigning FedEx Cup champion Cantlay blasted from the identical bunker to 25 toes previous the cup and couldn’t make the lengthy comeback putt to increase the playoff.
“I felt in a good place. Just needed to give myself a chance,” Spieth stated. “It feels superb.
Cantlay might solely rue the wind after his 9-iron shot from the green adopted Spieth’s ball into the bunker and plugged.
“It caught a different wind than what I was expecting,” Cantlay stated. “The wind was imagined to be off the suitable. I will need to have caught a little bit burst.
“Obviously with it plugged like that, it was darn near impossible to get it close.”
The Americans every completed 72 holes on 13-under 271 at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
World quantity 20 Spieth fired a five-under par 66, matching his finest last spherical this 12 months, and sixth-ranked Cantlay shot 68.
Sharing third on 272 after a shootout by which lots of them shared the lead had been Ireland’s Shane Lowry, Australian Cam Davis, Austrian Sepp Straka and Americans J.T. Poston, Cameron Young, Matt Kuchar and Harold Varner.
Spieth gained the 2015 Masters and US Open and the 2017 British Open and may full a profession Grand Slam by profitable subsequent month’s PGA Championship at Southern Hills.
It was the sixteenth worldwide victory for Spieth and his thirteenth US PGA triumph, his first since final April’s Texas Open in his residence state.
It marked back-to-back Easter Sunday wins for Spieth, who was pleased to be taught Easter in 2023 is on the ultimate day of the Masters.
“That’s good vibes,” stated Spieth, whose missed lower final week at Augusta National impressed additional effort on the Heritage.
“Last week was really a killer for me. My favorite tournament in the world and not getting to play the weekend,” Spieth stated. “So I tried to come in here and work a little extra hard this week.”
It paid off. Spieth eagled the par-5 second, holing out from a greenside bunker from 57 toes, and par-5 fifth holes, sinking an eagle putt from 24 toes, to seize a share of the lead at 12-under.
From there it was a battle as rivals took turns atop the leaderboard.
South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen made 4 birdies in a row to grab the lead however Spieth answered with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 eighth and Straka and Lowry, the 2019 British Open winner, went on birdie binges to steer at instances.
‘Really good feeling’
Spieth rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th and reached the clubhouse one stroke behind Lowry.
“It felt really good to make the putt on 18 in regulation that mattered there,” Spieth stated.
“This is among the worst (rounds) I’ve ever putted in a match I’ve been in rivalry in. I simply tried to remain actually optimistic with it, be gritty on the again 9. After I missed a few short-ish putts I made a very lengthy one on 13 and that settled me again down.
“I think I’m most proud of the way I could have gone pretty negative and it didn’t affect it.”
Lowry rescued pars at 12 and 13 however went left of the par-3 14th inexperienced then chipped throughout it into water on his approach to a double bogey catastrophe that ended a run of 25 bogey-free holes and left him on 12-under, all of the sudden in a pack chasing Spieth.
Straka matched Spieth with a birdie at 17 however fell again with a bogey at 18 whereas Cantlay birdied 17 then missed a birdie putt from simply inside 13 toes to win, settling for a playoff.