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SYDNEY – Jordan Spieth sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat local hopes Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall to capture his second Australian Open title.
Spieth, the former world No. 1 golfer, had to sink another clutch par putt on the 18th hole to join Smith and Hall at 12 under 276 after 72 holes, forcing a three-way playoff.
Four players held the lead at various times on a dramatic final day, including Spieth, who was playing the Australian Open for the third time. He also has a runner-up finish (2015) to go along with his two wins in 2014 and 2016.
Hall and Smith both shot 6-under rounds of 66 on Sunday to finish tied for second.