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Saturday 16 December 2017

Watch - Jordan Spieth holes a bunker shot to secure a dramatic PGA Tour win...as Rory McIlroy finds form

Jordan Spieth made it back to back wins on the PGA Tour after a thrilling finish to the Travellers Championship
Jordan Spieth made it back to back wins on the PGA Tour after a thrilling finish to the Travellers Championship
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jordan Spieth produced a sensational chip in from a bunker to win a dramatic play-off against Daniel Berger to record a wire-to-wire victory at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

The former world number one from Texas led the field by a single stroke for three days, but his final-day 70 and a three-under 67 from Berger allowed the Floridian to match Spieth on 12 under.

It looked like Spieth might have blown his bid for a 10th PGA Tour title when he found a bunker on his approach to the replayed 18th hole, but somehow he holed from the sand for a decisive birdie.

Meanwhile, there was better news for Rory McIlroy, who hit a final round 64 after a late decision to change his putter ahead of Sunday's round.

Even though McIlroy finish six shots off the lead, he was excited by his return to form as he looked forward to the Irish Open.

"I couldn't have done any worse than what I've done in the first three days, so I just wanted to mix it up and go back to something that looked a little more familiar," said McIlroy, who will now enjoy a week off before heading to Portstewart to host the Irish Open.

"That style of head or that head shape I've had the most success with, so I went back to that today to see if I could conjure up any good feelings and it felt pretty good.

"For the last two rounds I started to use a line on the ball, and with that putter and the little line on the top of it, it just felt like I could match it up a little bit better than what I had the previous few days. And it sort of worked.

"I felt like I putted pretty well. I took advantage of the opportunities I gave myself. I missed a couple coming in that I thought I should have made as well, but overall it was an improvement on the first three days.

" I must say I felt a little more comfortable on the greens, so this might be one that stays in the bag for a few weeks.

"I'm looking forward to the Irish Open and if I can hold a few putts, I should be right there in contention."

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