Jordan Spieth made history on Sunday when he won the John Deere Classic. The 19-year-old can now say he has accomplished something Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and every other golfer in the past 82 years have not.
Spieth’s PGA Tour win will make him a heavy contender for this weekend’s British Open. The Dallas, Texas, native won’t turn 20 for another two weeks and is the first teen to win on the PGA Tour since 1931 with Ralph Guldahl’s Santa Monica Open win.
Speith, who turned pro in December after enjoying an All-American season as a freshman at the University of Texas, stated, “I didn’t think it would happen this early. I had a plan. I guess the plan got exceeded.”
While the teen started day six behind third-round leader Daniel Summerhays, he was able to make the playoffs after three straight birdies. The final one came as he holed out of the bunker from 44 feet, much to the crowd’s delight. Spieth added later that the shot was “the luckiest shot I’ve ever hit in my life.”
Jordan Spieth, David Hearn, and Zach Johnson faced off for the playoffs, and made par on the first four holes. But Spieth was able to make one more to stay ahead of Johnson and Hearn on the fifth hole.
Now that he has won, Spieth has earned full PGA Tour membership and rose to 11th place in the projected FedEx Cup standings. Both Johnson and Hearn had a shot at the win, but Johnson narrowly missed, clipping the cup on the first playoff hole. Hearn’s issue came on hole four when he missed a makeable putt. He stated after the playoff:
“Congrats to Jordan. He’s going to have an amazing career, obviously. He’s an incredible talent to come on tour at his age and have as much success as quickly as he has. So hat’s off to him.”
Spieth also expressed his excitement at the historic John Deere Classic win, but attributed it to getting luck. He added, “But right now I’m extremely pleased, and a little worried about only having short sleeves going to Scotland.”
Were you surprised to see Jordan Spieth win on the PGA Tour last weekend?