Holmes Take Houston Title in Playoff

J.B. Holmes rallied from six strokes down to force a playoff, then knocked off Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner in the extra session to win the Shell Houston Open Sunday, the final PGA Tournament before The Masters.

Holmes fired a 64, but only won the title when Wagner’s short putt lipped out on the second extra hole.

Spieth, who was the runner-up in San Antonio last week, and won the Valspar Open two weeks ago, fell on the first extra hole with a birdie.  He struggled to a 70 after recording rounds of 69, 66, and 67 over the first 54 holes.

Holmes roared up the leaderboard Sunday, birdying seven of his first eight holes and nine of the first 12. His only blemish was a bogey on No. 16.

Wagner shot a 69, bogeying No. 9. Spieth was at even par through 12 holes, then birdied 13 and 14 to rally back to force the tie.

Sixteen players in all finished at least 10 strokes under par.  One of them was not Phil Mickelson, who struggled for a second straight day, after getting off to a hot start. Mickelson birdied four of his first eight holes, but struggled with a bogy on 17 and a double bogey on 18, ending the round 1-under.



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