JORDAN SPIETH WON HIS SECOND Australian Open in three years by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall. Spieth shot a final-round 69 to finish in the three-way tie at 12-under par at Royal Sidney Golf Club.
Earlier in the tournament, 57-year-old Australian Peter Senior withdrew after five holes in the second round and abruptly announced his retirement from the tournament circuit. Senior, playing with an ailing hip, has been plagued by injuries for two years.
"I don't enjoy playing like this," Senior said. "I can't hit a shot. Every time I hit the ball I get a bolt of pain through my hip."
A winner of 34 tournaments worldwide, Senior was a very accomplished player, even at an advanced age. His last victory was the 2015 Australian Masters. But there was no denying the current state of his game given his physical problems.
"It's no good me being out there annoying the other guys because they're playing pretty well so this is it for me. I'm not playing any more golf."
He added, "I've had a great run, a great career. I've enjoyed every minute of it."
Final round highlights below.