Garcia beats Koepka with par on first playoff hole at Nelson

Matt Kuchar (65), Bud Cauley (68) and Sergio Garcia (68) were tied for third at 13-under.

World No. 2 Spieth had two bogeys in his first five holes yesterday and went on to shoot 74.

Spieth finished in a tie for 18th place at 10-under despite playing in the final group at the Nelson for the first time in his career. But Garcia followed his second bogey with a string of three birdies before closing out his front nine to move to two-under-par on the day.

Koepka overcame two early bogeys and the huge shadow of Spieth, shooting a 5-under 65 to take the Nelson lead in Irving, Texas.

Menomonee Falls native Mark Wilson finished with a 67 and was six shots back. But the 36-year-old Spaniard, the 2004 Nelson champion, then three-putted from almost 60 feet at the 9th hole before missing the fairway with his drive at No. 10 and being unable to make a 9-foot par save before pars on his last eight holes. I had a couple of bad breaks but should have shot five-under on the back nine itself.

Garcia, meanwhile, rounded out a consistent PGA Tour tournament with his second one-under for the tournament as he beat par in every round, which proved enough to tie the lead with Koepka.

After being cut at The Players Championship last week in his first tournament since the Masters, Spieth is still reeling as the U.S. Open draws near.

Spaniard Garcia had far more play-off experience than his 26-year-old opponent and it showed as he took the win on the first play-off hole as he improved his record in extra holes to 5-6 with the victory, having parred the 18th to defeat Koepka and claim a second title at Byron Nelson.

Garcia also won the 2004 Nelson and is the first two-time victor in the 34 tournaments since the event moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983.

For three days Spieth's putter saved him, proving yet again that a solid short game can make up for even the most wanting ball-striking.

After hitting his first two shots at No. 8 into the rough on the way to his third bogey of the day, Spieth was 12 under and already four strokes behind Koepka. There were birdies at Nos.

The men's race ultimately was decided when Alaphilippe won the climb up Gibraltar Road, then minimized his losses in the time trial in Folsom. He carded just two birdies against six bogeys, struggling throughout the day with poor drives and inconsistent putting.

Sergio Garcia shot 62 the first round he played at the Byron Nelson and tied for third as a 19-year-old kid in 1999. On Sunday, she closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270 on the River Course. Gerina Piller (66) and Sei Young Kim (66) were 12 under.

CHAMPIONS: Bernhard Langer ran away with the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., for his sixth senior major and 27th over-50 title.

Second-round leader So Yeon Ryu bogeyed the final hole to drop a stroke back along with fellow South Korean player In Gee Chun and Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum (65). Tommy Armour III, Joey Sindelar and Kirk Triplett finished at 10 under.

Both Spieth, who is at 14-under 196 through 54 holes, and Koepka experienced the electricity of the crowd on Saturday in one moment, when Spieth drained a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th.

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