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