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Spieth outlasts Reed, O’Hair to win Valspar in playoff

Final Round –PGA Tour – Valspar Championship – Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club Copperhead

Jordan Spieth survived a dramatic finish at the Valsar Championship in regulation and won his second career PGA Tour title holing a 28-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair.

Coming the week at No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Spieth converted his lone PGA Tour two seasons ago at the John Deere Classic. His victory added him to a short-list of players to win multiple titles before turning 22 years ago. (Only three others in the last 75 years had completed the task).

The 21-year-old captured two titles during the winter season — Emirates Australian Open (an Australiasia Tour event) and the Hero World Challenge (a limited-field Tiger Woods invitational event).

Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course hosted maybe the best tournament of the season thus far in terms of drama.

Plenty of momentum swings headlined Sunday’s final round especially between 54-hole leader Ryan Moore and Spieth. The duo had two-shot swings back and forth throughout the day. Moore led by three shots with six to play, before three bogeys derailed his shot at his 5th career PGA Tour title and second this season. Moore had a chance on the 72nd hole to earn a playoff spot but missed out. He finished alone in fifth place at 8-under.

Spieth was the favorite in the betting world entering the week as a 14-to-1 selection at www.ladbrokes.com.

Reed birdied the 72nd hole to reach 10-under and earn a spot in the playoff. He won earlier this season in Hawaii and let a potential win slip away at The Honda Classic.

O’Hair, who once reached 12th in the world and Presidents Cup status, slipped back the last few years and entered the week at 401st in the world rankings. The past champion at Innisbrook had four career wins to his credit heading into the week. The 150-1 betting long shot came up just short. He lipped out for birdie on the second playoff hole with a shot to win.

World No. 3 Henrik Stenson was 9-under after shooting 4-under-68. He missed the playoff by a shot finishing in fourth. Vijay Singh, Harris English, Kevin Na and Justin Thomas all logged Top 10 efforts.

Other Golf news:

  • The Valspar Championship produced the fifth playoff in the last seven PGA Tour tournaments.
  • Stenson had a chance to replace bubba Watson at No. 2 in the rankings behind the idle Rory McIlroy with a solo second at the Valspar Championship. He just missed out but recorded his sixth Top 10 in his last 10 worldwide starts.
  • The PGA Tour heads to Bay Hill next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. McIlroy will make his first appearance at the venue. Matt Every is the defending champion.
  • The LPGA Tour returns to action next week in America at the Founders Cup. The Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, Arizona hosts the event. Karrie Webb won the title last season.