19-year-old Jordan Spieth wins John Deere Classic
Jordan Spieth, 19, became the youngest player to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years Sunday. And he did it by surviving a grueling five-hole, sudden-death playoff with defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn at the John Deere Classic.
Spieth, who got into the playoff when he holed a bunker shot on the final hole of regulation that he called “the luckiest shot I’ve ever hit in my life,” become the youngest winner since 19-year-old Ralph Guldahl won the Santa Monica Open in 1931.
“I don’t know what I did to deserve all those breaks,” Spieth said.
Spieth holed a 26-inch putt on the 18th green, the fifth playoff hole, for a win and new status. The former Texas star came to the Deere as a special temporary member. He heads to the British Open as a full-fledged PGA Tour member with a two-year exemption. He’s also eligible for the season-ending playoffs. And he collected a first-prize check of $828,000. Continue reading