Spi­eth says Aus­tralian Open win will ‘do won­ders’ for ca­reer

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Jor­dan Spi­eth be­lieves his vic­tory at the Aus­tralian Open on Sun­day will “do won­ders” for his ca­reer, just as it did when he won the tour­na­ment for the first time in 2014.

Spi­eth sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first play­off hole to beat lo­cal hopes Cameron Smith and Ash­ley Hall at Royal Syd­ney.

For­mer top-ranked Spi­eth forced the three-way play­off af­ter sink­ing another clutch par putt on the 18th hole for a 3un­der 69. He joined Smith (66) and Hall (66) at 12-un­der 276 af­ter 72 holes.

For Spi­eth, it was more than win­ning the tour­na­ment for a sec­ond time.

“The way we played the play­off, I think is go­ing to do won­ders for me,” Spi­eth said. “I’ve been in a lit­tle bit of stall hit­ting shots when they mat­tered ... To hit those two shots in there, right where I wanted to hit them and then make the putt is re­ally big go­ing for­ward.”

The Amer­i­can added his name to an elite list of mul­ti­ple win­ners at the Aus­tralian Open, in­clud­ing Jack Nick­laus, Gary Player and Greg Nor­man. Spi­eth im­proved his record to two wins and a run­ner-up fin­ish in 2015 from three ap­pear­ances at the Aus­tralian Open.

Four play­ers held the lead at var­i­ous times on a dra­matic fi­nal day, in­clud­ing Spi­eth.

On the play­off hole - the 18th Spi­eth put his ap­proach to within 10 feet be­fore Hall stepped up the pres­sure by knock­ing his to less than 8 feet.

The 23-year-old Spi­eth then showed the com­po­sure that won him the Masters and U.S. Open ti­tles last year when he calmly sank his putt while Hall pushed his birdie at­tempt right of the cup.

Smith and Hall had some con­so­la­tion as they se­cured starts at next year’s Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale, as did two-time Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Aaron Bad­de­ley, who fin­ished in a five­way tie for fourth at 10 un­der.

Jor­dan Spi­eth from the United States holds the Stone­haven Cup af­ter win­ning the Aus­tralian Open Golf Cham­pi­onship Photo: AP

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