Spieth prevails in play-off to win second Australian Open title


Former world number one Jordan Spieth survived a three-way play-off to win the Australian Open for a second time in Sydney on Sunday.

A shoot-out was required in a dramatic finale after 2014 champion and two-time major winner Spieth and Australians Ashley Hall and Cameron Smith finished level at 12 under through 72 holes.

And last year's runner-up Spieth left the Royal Sydney Golf Club with a second Stonehaven Cup thanks to a birdie at the first extra hole, as Hall and Smith both putted for par.

Spieth rose to the top of the leaderboard thanks to his final-round 69 at the PGA Tour of Australasia event.

Starting the day two strokes off the lead behind Geoff Ogilvy, Spieth quickly erased the deficit by opening his round with back-to-back birdies.

The American star's title hopes almost unravelled following bogeys at the eighth, 10th and 11th holes but he steadied himself, gaining shots at the 12th, 13th and 16th.

And Spieth ensured he was part of the play-off action alongside Smith and Hall after successfully parring his final hole before going on to win his first individual title since taking out the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in May.

Hall and Smith had both carded six-under-par 66s to earn a share of the lead at the end of regulation.

Overnight leader Ogilvy shot a 73 to end the tournament tied for fourth at 10 under, alongside Aaron Baddeley, Ryan Fox, Rod Pampling and Jason Scrivener.

Former world number one Adam Scott was never really in the hunt in the deciding round, having posted a one-over-par 73 to finish six strokes off the pace.