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Holmes wins thriller at Shell Houston Open

Speith and Wagner come up short in three-man playoff

Holmes birdied the first five holes and nine of the first 12 after starting the day six shots back of Jordan Spieth.

He had a 64, the day’s low round, and won on the second playoff hole for his fourth PGA Tour victory. Although Holmes’ missed birdie putt had given Wagner another chance, his short putt for par lipped out.

“I knew I had to play a really low round and I started out great,” Holmes said. “It worked out for me.”

Spieth, the hottest player on the PGA Tour heading into the Masters, was trying to win his second playoff in three weeks, sandwiched around a runner-up finish in the Valero Texas Open last Sunday. But he bowed out on the first playoff hole after his approach shot landed in a bunker and, lying two, he couldn’t get anywhere close to the cup on his next shot.

Wagner, who got into the field only through a sponsor’s exemption, admitted being “pretty bummed” by falling short but said he was hopeful his career is pointed in the right direction again. He was trying to become only the second player to get into the Masters on the weekend before, having done it previously by winning Houston in 2008.

Holmes’ final-day rally was the biggest on the PGA Tour since Matt Jones also came from six down to beat Matt Kuchar in a playoff last April. The Shell Houston Open has featured more playoffs than any tournament on the circuit.

Wagner and Holmes hit perfect drives on the first playoff hole -- both were on No. 18 -- while Spieth almost landed in the water, then wound up buried in the sand.

“I’m not sure what happened,” he said. “I heard something or maybe it was just me. It’s not an excuse. I got down in the sand and caught it fat and didn’t give myself a chance to continue in the playoff. But it was a great Easter Sunday.”

Earlier, Spieth had seemingly shot himself out of contention with a poor approach on No. 18, the hardest hole on the course. He wound up with a steep downhill lie and a bunker to clear. However, he chipped within 11 feet, then calmly made the putt.

Spieth was trying to become the second-youngest player after Tiger Woods to win a third PGA Tour event before his 22nd birthday. 

 

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