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.
Teenager Jordan Spieth is youngest PGA winner in 82 years
Jordan Spieth can say that he’s accomplished something that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy never did.
Spieth won a PGA Tour event as a teenager — and now he’s joining all those stars at next week’s British Open.
The 19-year-old outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff Sunday to win the John Deere Classic, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
Spieth, a Dallas native who doesn’t turn 20 for another two weeks, hit a short par putt to earn a spot in the field at Muirfield.
He is the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.
“I didn’t think it would happen this early,” said Spieth, who turned pro in December after an All-American season as a freshman at the University of Texas. “I had a plan. I guess the plan got exceeded.”
Teenager Jordan Spieth Finally Wins PGA Tour Event
Here’s something to remember if you played 18 this weekend: 19-year-old Jordan Spieth won his first PGA Tour event on Sunday, outlasting David Hearn and 2007 Masters champ Zach Johnson at the John Deere Classic. And it was arguably a long time coming for Spieth. (P.S.: You’re so old.)
That “long time coming” bit sounds insane, certainly, but Spieth is as accomplished a teenage golfer as the men’s side of the sport has seen since Tiger Woods: He’s the only golfer other than Tiger to have won the U.S. Junior Amateur more than once, and won it for the first time just a few days shy of his 16th birthday in 2009; he tied for 16th at the 2010 Byron Nelson as a 16-year-old; he was an All-American at Texas in his only season of collegiate golf; he tied for 21st at the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur; and he racked up three top 10s earlier in 2013, his first pro season, and led entering the weekend at the AT&T National.
<p”> That pales in comparison to his win today, the first by a teenager on the PGA Tour since the immortal Ralph Guldahl won the Santa Monica Open in 1931. With it, Spieth is now the fourth-youngest PGA Tour winner ever, has a PGA Tour card all but locked up, sits No. 11 on the FedEx Cup standings, and has a spot in the 2013 British Open, one that he’s taking.
Jordan Spieth: Is Teenage Golf Sensation Destined for Superstardom?
ordan Spieth isn’t just the future of American golf; he’s the toast of the sport right now after becoming the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years Sunday at the John Deere Classic.
The 19-year-old Texan outlasted major championship winner Zach Johnson and David Hearn with a two-foot par putt on the fifth hole of a marathon playoff.
The historic win capped an impressive comeback from six shots back to start the final round and was highlighted by a thrilling birdie from the bunker on the 72nd hole just to earn a spot in the playoff.