Will Zalatoris and Sepp Straka are headed to a playoff at the FedEx St. Jude Championship on Sunday evening tied at -15. The odds on DraftKings Sportsbook initially had Zalatoris as the favorite at -125 but have shifted to a pick ‘em.
It’s the first PGA TOUR Playoff for Straka, while Zalatoris is 0-2 in pro playoffs. Straka is looking to become the ninth multi-tournament winner on the PGA TOUR this season, while Zalatoris is in search of his first win on the PGA TOUR. His $6.7 million won this year is the most ever cashed by a player without a victory.
Playoff Hole No. 1: Both players made par on the difficult 18th, with Straka taking a particularly aggressive line down the left side. A very long lag putt from Zalatoris almost went in, while Straka’s shorter first left him a tester coming back that he holed.
Playoff Hole No. 2: Both players return to the 18th tee, and Zalatoris hits it deep into the trees, while Straka is very lucky to have not hit the ball in the water. Zalatoris chose to chip to the center of the fairway, while Straka chose to take a penalty and drop his second and hit his third. Zalatoris from 94 yards hit it just about two yards too long, and he has the longer putt.
But Zalatoris, whose putter has betrayed him so many times on tour, sinks another clutch putt for par. Straka makes his as well, and we’re off to No. 11.
Playoff Hole No. 3: The 11th hole takes over, and Zalatoris is only saved by a stone from going in the water. And since he has the honor, Straka just needs to put it on the green... and he HITS IT IN THE WATER!!
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After Straka puts his drop in the bunker and pitches out to about five feet, Zalatoris chooses to head back to the drop circle himself after a long think over the lodged ball. And he tucks the 92-yard wedge into seven feet!
Zalatoris then makes the putt, and wins his first-ever PGA TOUR event!