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"Boring golf” takes Spieth to ninth PGA crown

Jordan Spieth poses with the trophy after winning the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Jordan Spieth poses with the trophy after winning the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Eric Risberg

GOLF: Jordan Spieth has become the first player since Tiger Woods to win nine times on the PGA Tour before the age of 24.

Spieth's four-shot win at Pebble Beach secured the 23-year-old the honour and the Texan said it was "unbelievable" to have achieved the feat.

"Today I hit 17 greens, it was kind of a dream round for ball-striking when you are leading by a bunch and I finally got one (a birdie putt) to go on 17.

"Boring golf," joked Spieth after 33 putts in the final round compared to 23 the previous day.

"I apologise but that was kind of the game plan. That's what was needed today and fortunately that's what we did to close it out.

"We could afford to make a couple of mistakes if I needed to ... fortunately we didn't and we just stayed ahead."

Spieth's round of 70 took him to a four-round total of -19under, four shots ahead of fellow American Kelly Kraft with US Open champion Dustin Johnson a further shot back.

Jason Day kept hold of the world No.1 spot after chipping in for eagle at the par-five 14th on the way to a 67 and a three-way tie for fifth at -12under.

Topics:  dustin johnson jason day jordan spieth pebble beach us pga tour

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