Daniel Berger turned up the juice on Sunday to take the thunder away from Jordan Spieth, clocking in two eagles for his fourth PGA Tour win at Pebble Beach.
Daniel Berger look deflated on Saturday, ‘moving day,’ after succumbing to pressure on the 18th hole after having kept pace neck and neck with Jordan Spieth. Excitement had been brewing for the 2017 U.S. Open champion’s comeback after Spieth hit the shot of the tournament on the 16th hole.
Saturday had been a tight contest between the two 27-year-old golf sensations. But the momentum seemed to tip towards Spieth ending his four year PGA Tour drought, building on his momentum after placing T4 at the Waste Management Open. Once Berger double-bogeyed Saturday’s last hole, it seemed that Spieth was closing the door on those last couple of disappointing years.
But just like that, the Jupiter, Florida native turned the double bogey on Saturday to a speechless eagle to finish off the AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm in style, closing out with a 30-foot putt.
And it wasn’t his only eagle of the day. If Spieth played it safe on a clearly nerve-wracking position of starting out the final day in the lead, Berger showed nerves of steel and demonstrated enough steely risk-taking to overtake the lead at the sixth hole.
The win at Pebble Beach is Berger’s second PGA victory in eight months, having beaten Colin Morikawa in a playoff at last year’s Charles Schwab.
“That was the best putt I’ve ever hit in my life,” said the Pebble Beach champion, according to MSN, having put on a fabulous display of shot-making on the final day that included four birdies in addition to the two breathtaking eagles. He only bogeyed once on the day, climbing up the leaderboard with a seven underscore, winning with a score of 65.
Berger is playing some of the best golf of his life, with his stellar recent results will surely catapult him into the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He will be one of the players to watch as we get closer to the World Golf Championships in Bradenton, FL, and The Players next month.
For Spieth, this is the second tournament in a row where he has cracked the T5. He has clearly broken through his slump, but is still missing that final breakthrough to bring him another title. We’ll have to wait and see if he ride his renewed belief all the way.