At the end of 2014, Jordan Spieth traveled to Australia to play in the Australian Open. It was a curious move for the one-time PGA Tour winner that turned out to be a launching pad for one of the great seasons in American golf history in 2015. Spieth won Down Under and ending up winning the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open.
Now we might have a repeat on our hands because Spieth took the 2016 Australian Open in a playoff over Cameron Smith and Ash Hall. Speith shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to get into the playoff before making birdie on the first playoff hole for the win. His scores for the week were 69, 70, 68 and 69. His consistency shined on a week when low numbers were available.
In the final round, it was a birdie on No. 16 (a long one) that got him hunting at 12 under. Spieth played in the penultimate group and third-round leader Geoff Ogilvy faltered late with a double-bogey at the same 16th Spieth birdied.
Then par saves at Nos. 17 and 18 propelled Spieth into the playoff. It was vintage Spieth (if a 23-year-old can do something "vintage"). It was not pretty, but it was effective. And he held a trophy at the end of the day.