SPI­ETH WINS AUSSIE OPEN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WORLD No. 5 Jor­dan Spi­eth (car­i­ca­ture) drained a 12-foot birdie putt to win the Aus­tralian Open for the sec­ond time af­ter a three-way sud­den death play­off at Royal Syd­ney yes­ter­day. The Amer­i­can, win­ner of the Stone­haven Cup in 2014, fin­ished on 12-un­der-par for the tour­na­ment af­ter a three­un­der 69 to join Aus­tralian club­house lead­ers Ash­ley Hall and Cameron Smith, who both shot fi­nal round 66s. Re­play­ing the par­four 18th hole, Hall landed his ap­proach shot clos­est but was un­able to nail his birdie putt, while a 35foot putt also proved too long for Smith. Spi­eth will be hop­ing his sec­ond Aus­tralian Open ti­tle will prove as much of a spring­board as his first. The 23-year-old fol­lowed up his 2014 tri­umph by win­ning five ti­tles, in­clud­ing the US Masters and US Open, in 2015.

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