Will Zalatoris overcomes Sepp Straka in a play-off after the pair end tied on 15 beneath after 72 holes; in a single day chief JJ Spaun sees his problem fade badly on the ultimate day, carding a 78; Cameron Smith’s bid to turn out to be world No 1 fails after incurring a two-shot penalty
Final Up to date: 15/08/22 12:36am
Will Zalatoris claimed a maiden PGA Tour title, edging out Sepp Straka in a play-off to win the FedEx St Jude Championship.
Zalatoris and Straka couldn’t be separated after 72 holes, ending in a tie for first on 15 beneath, with the eventual winner holing a clutch eight-footer on the 18th to save lots of par and assist pressure a play-off.
The pair each made par twice extra on the 18th for the primary two holes of the play-off – Zalatoris sinking one other lengthy putt second time spherical to remain in it – earlier than shifting to the par-three 12th for the third, the place each had been compelled to take drops after wayward tee photographs.
Zalatoris flirted with the water, just for his ball to remarkably keep on the rocks simply off the perimeter of the inexperienced, whereas Straka was not so lucky. Finally, Zalatoris was compelled to take a drop anyway because of being confronted with a close to unplayable lie.
Straka then discovered the back-side bunker from the drop zone, opening the door for Zalatoris, who bought up and down in two to clinch his first PGA Tour title and get the monkey off his again after a string of close to misses, notably within the majors.
The 25-year-old American was edged out by Justin Thomas in a three-hole play-off for the PGA Championship earlier this 12 months, whereas he additionally got here out on the flawed aspect of a ding-dong ultimate day battle with Matt Fitzpatrick on the US Open, ending in a tie for second. Zalatoris additionally completed as runner-up to Hideki Matsuyama within the 2021 Masters.
JJ Spaun, who had held a one-shot lead in a single day over Straka, noticed his problem fade badly on the ultimate day, the American carding a 68 to in the end end means again off the tempo at 5 beneath.
In the meantime, Australian Cameron Smith, who would have turn out to be world No 1 with a win, suffered a large blow even earlier than his ultimate spherical even bought beneath means.
The 28-year-old seemingly carded a 3rd spherical of 67 to see him sit simply two photographs behind Spaun, just for a two-shot penalty to be added to his rating for taking part in from the flawed place on the fourth gap of his third spherical.
Footage posted on social media confirmed that Smith’s ball was on the purple line marking the penalty space on the par three after he had taken a drop.
Smith, who received the Gamers Championship in March and his first main title within the 150th Open at St Andrews, didn’t get well from the penalty, carding an even-par ultimate spherical of 70.