Davis missed alleged tournament-winning shots on all five playoff holes, each running medium-length left-to-right. But after his attempt at birdie on hole 5 (# 15) slipped from behind a cup, Merritt missed a 6-foot doubles shot that would have prolonged the battle.
Davis, 26, missed 5 points for the defender’s nine to shoot 5–67 for the playoffs. Davis’ third bunker shot on a green field on the 17th par-5 required two jumps, glanced at the pin, and fell on the eagle, which propelled him forward.
“I had nothing to lose, so I wasn’t nervous on the 17th, I was just trying to get a good shot from the bunker,” Davis said. “I chose my place and just flew a little past it, the flag jammed. I mean, I don’t know, these are the things that I believe should go their own way if you want to keep moving forward. “
He followed with a bird on the last hole and moved to 18-270 holes where he was later joined by 54-hole co-leaders Niemann and Merritt.
What started out as a three-handed playoff quickly dwindled to two when Niemann made a scarecrow on hole number 18. This was Niemann’s first 77-hole scarecrow, dating from last week’s tournament, and it couldn’t be. come at a less than ideal moment.
“I think I hit the best rider I knocked out of the entire tournament,” Niemann said of the playoff hole. “I didn’t have a better number to attack the hole. I want to come off the wedge a little, and I just stepped over it a little, and so it went too far beyond the hole.
“Then it was an impossible throw from a rough back, and I almost hit a pin, I could almost get lucky. Then I hit a good blow, it wasn’t enough. “
Davis and Merritt took the lead. They then played 15th par-3, 16th par-4, and 14th par-5, before returning to 15th place. The five-hole playoff took place just a week after the 8-hole playoff in the Travelers Championship, which was equal for the second longest tour in history.
Davis, Merritt (68 on Sunday) and Niemann (68) emerged from a crowded field that shuffled and shuffled on the leaderboard throughout the round. Bubba Watson, who started the day in the middle of the standings, brought 8 under 64 to the lead and established a lead with 16 and 272 players without a scarecrow.
Shortly thereafter, the Swede Alex Noren polished his 64, making him the leader at the club with 17th and 271st odds.
Merritt fought for his third career win for the PGA Tour.
“Unfortunately, we only got one sentence,” said Merritt. “Cam played fantastic in the playoffs, he put hit after hit to win. He did what he had to do and became a great champion. “
Noren and Hank Lebioda (68) finished fourth at the age of 17. Watson and Brandon Hagee (68) tied for sixth under 16, while South Korean Sungje Im (67), Ireland Seamus Power (67), Mark Anderson (66) and Kevin Kisner (68) tied for eighth under 15 …