Jordan Spieth came from four shots back on the closing nine holes to win the John Deere Classic on the 2nd sudden death playoff hole. That is how a champion wins.
Spieth beat Tom Gillis with a 2-putt par on the 2nd playoff hole. Gillis made it easy on him. He put his second shot into the water left of the green and when he did not hole his approach shot (his 4th shot) it made for a very easy 2-putt for the 21 year old from Texas.
Gillis and Spieth finished the final round at 20-under 264. Zach Johnson and Danny Lee tied for third at 19 under.
Zach Johnson, the 2012 John Deere champ, lipped out his birdie putt on the 72nd hole that would have made it a 3-man playoff.
The fifth PGA Tour win of Spieth’s career comes two weeks before his 22nd birthday. Not bad considering only Tiger Woods had more wins by his 22nd birthday. He had 6 wins. This kid’s career is off to a pretty good start.
There were many in the golf world that thought it was a mistake for Spieth to play at TPC Deer Run just one week before The Open Championship at St. Andrews. The “experts” thought he should be at The Old Course preparing to try and win the 3rd leg of the Grand Slam.
“I really didn’t care anyways. I came here for a reason, and we accomplished that reason,” Spieth said.(AP)
In Thursday’s opening round, Spieth shot a very pedestrian even par round of 71. He then proceeded to shoot (-20) over the next three rounds, including an outstanding 61 on Saturday to take the 54-hole lead into Sunday.
“To be able to shoot 20-under in three rounds is nice momentum,” Spieth said. “The finish, when I really didn’t feel like tee to green I had much [Sunday], gives me a lot of momentum to draw on if I don’t have my best stuff. “(AP)
We are pretty sure that the rest of the field at The Open Championship needs to be concerned that the No.2 player in the world is coming of a score of (-20) over his last 56 holes with a win. Winning the 3rd leg of the Grand Slam does not seem to unrealistic at this point.
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