Berger beats Morikawa in sudden-death playoff at Colonial

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Berger made his move early with three birdies over his first eight holes before a lone bogey at the par-four ninth where his approach shot found a greenside bunker.

Sitting one shot back in the first PGA Tour event following a three-month COVID-19 break was a pack of five golfers that included world number four Justin Thomas (66), three-times major victor Jordan Spieth (68) and reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland (66).

Berger, who began the action-packed day two shots off overnight leader Xander Schauffele, carded a four-under-par 66 to reach 15 under for the week.

Historically, you just want to keep the ball in play off the tee.

The tournament was won by Daniel Berger, who defeated rising star Collin Morikawa in a play-off. "I'm happy to be here". "I've grinded so hard the last two months to be in this position", Berger said. I'm glad all the hard work paid off.

Woodland quickly got one of the two miscues back with a birdie at No. 17, and he finished Round 2 with par on No. 18.

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Despite the interests of several of the game's other biggest names, the world No.10 remained in contention for the title deep into the back nine, holing back-to-back 30-foot putts on 15 and 16 to stay in the lead.

Even then, he made a 35-foot putt to save bogey.

"So to be able to come out here and beat so numerous best players in the world, you look at the field that was out here this week, and I don't have a stellar playoff record, so to show up here and obviously I didn't want to win it like that, but sometimes that's just the way golf works".

It was the first PGA Tour event since March when the spread of the new coronavirus shut down golf and other sports. "But I think as we sit here late in the day Sunday, there's no question that this has been an exceptional week". "A lot of guys are going to know they had a chance".

Harold Varner, among three African-American players on tour and the center of the PGA's racial justice conversation after the death of George Floyd, led after 36 holes but closed with a 72 to finish on 271.

The tour's revamped schedule sends players to the Heritage tournament in SC next week.

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