With a single swipe from a greenside bunker Sunday evening, Jordan Spieth rocked the Insurance City and joined select company.
Spieth stunned Daniel Berger at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship by holing a bunker shot for birdie on the first playoff hole, the 18th at TPC River Highlands outside Hartford, Conn. It evoked a similar shot he holed in the Quad Cities on the way to winning his first Tour title, the 2013 John Deere Classic, though his chest-bump with caddie Michael Greller after the winning stroke in Connecticut was purely original.
With the victory, Spieth became the second-youngest player (23 years, 10 months) in the modern era to win 10 PGA Tour titles, trailing only Tiger Woods, who was four months younger when he won the 1999 Motorola Western Open. (Jack Nicklaus was 24 when he won his 10th, the 1964 Tournament of Champions.)
In Arkansas, So Yeon Ryu displayed grand form in winning the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ryu, 26, shot 61 in the second round and set a new tournament scoring record of 18-under par for 54 holes. Winner of the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, amid the Lexi Thompson rules imbroglio, Ryu enters the tour’s impending stretch of three majors in six weeks a good bet to snag another.
And in Germany, Andres Romero engineered a Munich Miracle in winning the BMW International Open. The 36-year-old Argentine came into the tournament ranked 837th in the world and having earned less than $100,000 in five starts on the PGA Tour this season. Competing on a sponsor exemption, he made a first-round hole-in-one and closed with a 65 to win for the first time in nearly a decade.