MEMPHIS (Tenn.) — The regulation par putt of 10 feet was so crucial and so important that it was rescheduled for the moment. Will ZalatorisHe doesnt recall yelling out, What are they going to say now?
It took three playoff holes to find the answer on Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Championship. And it was more in line with what they wont tell you.
Zalatoris is no more the best on PGA Tour without a win.
Zalatoris is already a majors player and won the first majors win with clutch putsts and smart decisions. Sepp StrakaTake home the first FedEx Cup playoff prize.
Zalatoris stated that it was difficult to say About time when you are in your second year of touring, but it is about time. It means a lot, considering all the close finishes.
He could have been referring his runner up finish to Hideki YamayamaIn the Masters last year, or the playoff losses at Torrey Pines or at Southern Hills in PGA Championship or the putt that burned off the edge of the cup that prevented him from a U.S. Open playoff.
This one could have gone either direction. A playoff saw three penalty drops in three holes. Zalatoris won on the par-3 11th with an eagley.
Zalatoris appeared to be in trouble from the fairway bunker on 18th in regulation, until he hit that 10-footer for par at 4-under 66. On the 18th hole of the playoff, Zalatoris was playing in the trees and very close to the boundary fence. He wisely chipped out and putt a 15-foot par shot.
Nothing was more wild than that final hole.
His tee shot struck the bank, bounced seven more times on the rocks, before coming to rest. Straka followed him with a shot, which also hit the bank. It bounced once off the rocks before he went into the water. A huge break for Zalatoris? He wasnt. He was not realistic.
Straka went to drop zone and his wedge landed in the back bunker. Zalatoris was still looking over his options, so he played his fourth shot at 4 feet.
Zalatoris stated that Sepp was at 4ft for 5 and that there was no reason to me try that shot. He made it bank into the grass and I went back in the water, and suddenly I lost the tournament.
He went to the drop zone and hit to 7 feet. When he made the winning shot, he let his hands drop over his head in relief.
Zalatoris rises to the No. 10 spot in the world rankings for the first time. Zalatoris moves into the top 10 in the world and takes the No.
Straka, already a winner in the Honda Classic this year, narrowly missed a 20 foot birdie putt to win the 18th hole for a 67. Straka had a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for the win. He had to make a 7 footer the second round to keep the game alive.
Straka said, This course has every shot you hit, youre on edge of your seat. It can get quite crazy when you add the nerves of competing in a tournament, especially for a playoff.
They were 15-under 265.
Straka, who made no bogeys over the final 13 holes of regulation in regulation, moves up to No. He is now ranked 8 in the standings, and will be making his first trip to East Lakes Tour Championship.
Lucas GloverHe was awarded a consolation award. The FedEx Cup playoffs saw the former U.S. Open champion at No. 121, as only the top 70 players advance to the next tournament.
Glover finished with a 66, and tied for third. He was among the four players who reached the top 70 and is now at No. 34-year-old and has a good shot of being one of the top 30 who play for $18 million in the Tour Championship.
Also, we moved into the top 70 Adam Scott, Andrew Putnam Wyndham ClarkClark, who was wrong to believe he had lost his chance, played a four-hole stretch of 4-over par and had the temerity to save par on 18th for a 72. Clark finished at No. By three points, Clark finished at No.
Meanwhile, No. No. 1 in the world remains with Masters champion Scottie SchefflerMissing the cut, he spent Sunday playing Pine Valley for his first time.
British Open champion Cameron SmithScheffler could have been replaced by winning, and Smith arrived at the TPC Southwind just two shots behind the lead. Smith was four strokes back, without having hit a shot. Smith was penalized by two shots after officials discovered that the ball was still touching red hazard lines when Smith took a penalty drop during the third round.
Smith confirmed that it was touching the line. He birdied the first hole and made one more birdie. He shot 70 to tie for 13th. Smith declined to interview requests.