Sepp Straka just missed his second PGA Tour win by a hair. He was born in Vienna and lost to Will Zalatores of the United States in a thrilling $15 million St. Jude Championship playoff in Memphis on Sunday and finished second.
However, the 29-year-old Austrian-American, who finished second in the last round, had to console himself with prize money of $1.635 million (about 1.59 million euros). Straka played a good round of 67 on the final day of the tournament and hit a total of 265 strokes (15 under par).
Winner Zalatores started Sunday by one stroke behind the 29-year-old and tied for 66. On the other hand, USA’s JJ Spaun, who was ahead after the third session, had a very black day. With a tour of 78, he was moved to number 42.
The decision rests on the third extra hole
At the top, the game went into overtime, as the first two holes had yet to be decided. Then in the third extra slot, 11, Zalatoris came out on top. The 25-year-old American golfer finished with a bogey while Straka put his ball in the water, netted twice and lost. “It was so crazy,” Straka said at the first reaction. Zalatoris earned $2.7 million (€2.63 million) for his first win on the PGA Tour.
Straka was able to look forward to $1.6 million, a record prize money for an Austrian. He earned $1.4 million for his Honda Classic win at Palm Beach Gardens earlier this year. It rose to number 43 in the world rankings.
Straka’s thrilling performance in his first FedExCup Playoff Championship was a bit of a surprise given his recent performance. He has missed the cut in each of his last six tournaments. At TPC Southwind in southeast Tennessee Memphis, Straka consistently showed strong four laps and was among the top runners right from the start.
Schwab missed the cut
On the other hand, Matthias Schwab was absent from the St. In the second championship that begins next Thursday, the BMW Championship in Wilmington/Delaware, which is also worth $15 million, only the top 70 will start – including Straka as the first Austrian.
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