Jordan Spieth hoists the trophy after winning his second Australian Open title
Sydney, Australia - At the Emirates Australian Open on Sunday, 54 hole leader Geoff Ogilvy
faltered (shooting a final round 73) opening the door for 2014 Champion Jordan Spieth. Spieth
birdied holes twelve, Thirteen, Sixteen and made remarkable par saves on the final two holes
of regulation (69) to reach 12 under par, just enough to take on Queenslander Cameron Smith
and Victoria's Ashley Hall (who each shot final round 66's) to reach the sudden death playoff
at Royal Sydney.
After a solid hybrid off the tee, and 9 iron onto the green, Spieth made the winning putt that
eluded him in last year's edition of the Emirates Australian Open. "I had a chance last year on
18 and didn't hit a great putt, and this time I had that same chance with a very similar putt
in the playoff and capitalized, so I drew back a little on that and said 'this is our time to close
this one out'."
Spieth who earlier called Sydney "probably my favorite city I've ever traveled to", has made
the Australian Open a priority on his golf calendar: "I've cut out a lot of overseas travel this
year, but we still came here, because that's how important this event is to us and I haven't
gone anywhere else."
After Spieth's maiden victory down under in 2014, he went on a tear winning 5 times in 2015
including the Masters and U.S Open at Chambers Bay.
Geoff Ogilvy T4 -10
Aaron Baddeley T4 -10
Adam Scott T14 -6
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Mackenzie Hughes Wins Playoff at RSM Classic
St.Simons, Georgia - Canadian Mackenzie Hughes stood just off the back of the green on
the par 3 - 17th hole early Monday at Sea Island's Seaside course - the third hole of a
sudden death playoff at the 2016 RSM Classic. Facing an 18ft putt for a must make par
(or so we all thought - with the three other competitors each facing par putts as well),
Hughes drained his putt, gave a hearty fist pump and watched as Camilo Villegas, Blayne
Barber and Henrik Norlander all missed their par attempts. Suddenly a dream was realized
- Mackenzie Hughes is now a winner on the PGA Tour.
“If I don’t make the putt, I’m probably done,” Hughes said. “I needed to flip things around.
Everybody had some work left (for par). If I make mine first, it makes everybody’s job
harder. “About a foot from the hole, I knew it was right in the heart. It was such a good
Billy Horschel was the fifth player at 17 under par, but was knocked out of the playoff
after a bogey on the first extra hole on Sunday.