Print Edition - 2017-02-14 | Sports
Spieth secures four-stroke victory
-, SAN FRANCISCO
Feb 14, 2017-Two-time major champion Jordan Spieth fired a bogey-free two-under 70 on Sunday to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and capture his ninth career US PGA Tour title.
The 23-year-old American birdied the second and second-to-last holes in the final round at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the only course used on Sunday after three layouts were played over the tournament’s first three rounds. Spieth finished on 19-under 268, having seized a six-stroke lead after 54 holes with back-to-back 65s Friday and Saturday that allowed him to cruise to a four-stroke triumph over Kelly Kraft.
Spieth birdied second hole after reaching the green in two shots and tapping in and then made 14 pars before sinking a 30-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th. Spieth, who won the 2015 Masters and US Open, captured his first title of the year and became the first player 23-or-under to win by three or more shots five times.
Only 14-time major winner Tiger Woods has won nine PGA titles at a younger age, about a month quicker than Spieth, who also became the second-youngest Pebble Beach champion after compatriot John Cook in 1981. It was Spieth’s first win since the Australian Open last Novem-ber. Spieth lost in his first four attempts to win when leading after 54 holes but since then has won six of seven such opportunities, faltering only with an epic back-nine collapse at last year’s Masters.
Published: 14-02-2017 09:29