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Jordan Spieth and world-class short game comes up big in playoff victory

  • Jordan Spieth chips from in front of the gallery on the first hole during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Jordan Spieth chips from in front of the gallery on the first hole during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth reacts after making a birdie putt on the first hole during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Jordan Spieth reacts after making a birdie putt on the first hole during the final round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Patrick Reed hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Patrick Reed hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth and his world-class short game paid off big Sunday in a playoff victory in the Valspar Championship.

Spieth holed a 12-foot par putt on the 18th hole to join a three-man playoff with Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair. He won on the third extra hole by making a 30-foot birdie putt.

Reed made a 30-foot birdie on the last hole that got him into a playoff, and he made two improbable par saves in the playoff until Spieth beat him at Innisbrook. O'Hair was going for his first win since 2011 and had a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole that caught the lip.

Spieth saved par on his final three holes for a 69. He goes to No. 6 in the world.