Golf: Spieth wins Australian Open in play-off

US golfer Jordan Spieth holds the Stonehaven Cup trophy after winning the Australian Open Golf Championship at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Sydney on Nov 20, 2016.
US golfer Jordan Spieth holds the Stonehaven Cup trophy after winning the Australian Open Golf Championship at the Royal Sydney Golf Club in Sydney on Nov 20, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - World No. 5 Jordan Spieth drained a 12-foot birdie putt to win the Australian Open for the second time after a three-way sudden death play-off at Royal Sydney on Sunday (Nov 20).

The American, winner of the Stonehaven Cup in 2014, finished on 12-under for the tournament after a three-under 69 to join Australian clubhouse leaders Ashley Hall and Cameron Smith, who both shot final-round 66s.

Replaying the par-four 18th hole, Hall landed his approach shot closest but was unable to nail his birdie putt, while a 35-foot putt also proved too long for Smith.

Spieth will be hoping his second Australian Open title will prove as much of a springboard as his first. The 23-year-old followed up his 2014 triumph by winning five titles, including the US Masters and US Open last year.