Will Zalatoris makes most of three-hole playoff to win FedEx St. Jude Championship in dramatic fashion

Will Zalatoris makes most of three-hole playoff to win FedEx St. Jude Championship in dramatic fashion

Published August 15, 2022
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He could have been referring to his runner-up finish to Hideki Matsuyama in the Masters last year or the playoff losses at Torrey Pines and at Southern Hills in the PGA Championship or most recently the putt that burned the edge of the cup that kept him from a U.S. Open playoff.

Zalatoris looked to be in trouble from a fairway bunker on the 18th in regulation until he made that 10-footer for par at a 4-under 66. He was in the trees, close to a boundary fence on the 18th on the second playoff hole, when he wisely chipped out and made a 15-foot par putt.

His tee shot hit the bank and then bounced seven times on the rocks before coming to rest. Straka followed with a shot that also hit the bank, took one bounce off the rocks and went into the water. A huge break for Zalatoris? Not really. He had no realistic shot.

“Considering where Sepp was and he had 4 feet for 5, there’s no reason for me to try that shot and make it bank right into the grass and go back in the water and all of a sudden I’ve lost the golf tournament,” Zalatoris said.