Jordan Spieth, 19, became the fourth-youngest PGA TOUR champion on Sunday.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Jordan Spieth captured the John Deere Classic on Sunday on the fifth playoff hole for his first PGA TOUR victory, becoming the first teenager to win since 1931. With the victory, he also instantly became a regular PGA TOUR member, meaning he will be eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs. He also moved to 11th in the FedExCup standings and qualified for this week's Open Championship at Muirfield.
Spieth, 19, carded a final-round 65 after holing out a bunker shot on the 72nd hole to finish at 19 under with defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn.
It appeared Hearn would win on the fourth extra hole, but he missed a would-be winning putt from 4 feet, 10 inches. That brought the three-man playoff to the fifth extra hole where Spieth hit an amazing approach shot from the rough to just over the green. He putted to within 2 feet and closed it out after Hearn missed an 8-footer for par.
Earlier, it seemed as if Johnson would close things out on the second playoff hole, when he stuck his approach to 12 feet. But his birdie putt slid just past and all three players made par, including Spieth, who got up-and-down from the right rough. Johnson also had a chip shot rattle off the flagstick for birdie on the first extra hole.
In regulation, Johnson grabbed a one-shot lead when he birdied the par-5 17th, two-putting from 64 feet to reach 20 under. But he found the left fairway bunker off the tee on the 18th. His approach came up short of the green in the rough, and he pitched his third over the green into the first cut and went on to make bogey 5 to finish at 19 under.
Hearn came to the 18th at 19 under, but knocked his approach in the thick rough guarding the green. He saved par, though, by draining a 5-footer for par.
Overnight leader Daniel Summerhays missed the playoff by one shot, bogeying the final hole after his approach plugged in the greenside bunker.
Fifth playoff hole: Par 4, No. 18
Johnson: Tee shot to right rough, possible tree trouble; approach hits tree and lands in water hazard; fourth shot from 112 yards to 15 feet; fifth shot in hole for bogey 5.
Spieth: Tee shot to right rough, possible tree trouble; second shot just over green on fringe; Third shot to 2 feet; Made par 4 for victory.
Hearn: Tee shot to right rough; second shot to 50 yards short of green in rough; third shot to 8 feet; putt miss; Made bogey 5.
Fourth playoff hole: Par 5, No. 17
Johnson: Tee shot in fairway; second shot from 254 to greenside bunker; shot to 10 feet; putt to 1 foot; Made putt for par 5.
Spieth: Tee shot to left rough; second shot in fairway; third shot from 74 yards to 60 feet; putt to 5 feet; Made putt for par 5.
Hearn: Tee shot in fairway; second shot from 254 near green in fairway; third shot to 4 feet, 10 inches; pulled off edge; Made putt for par 5.
Third playoff hole: 147-yard Par 3, No. 16
Johnson: Tee shot to 15 feet; Putt to 1 foot; Putt for par 3.
Spieth: Tee shot to short fringe, about 25 feet; Putt to 1 foot; Putt for par 3.
Hearn: Tee shot to 12 feet; Putt just missed on high side; Putt for par 3.
Second playoff hole: No. 18
Johnson: Tee shot in the fairway; Approach on green to 12 feet; Putt slides past to 1 foot; Putt made for par 4.
Spieth: Tee shot in the fairway; Approach to right rough; chip to 7 feet; Putt made for par 4.
Hearn: Tee shot in right rough; Approach on green within 25 feet; Putt to 2 feet; Putt made for par 4.
First playoff hole: No. 18
Johnson: Tee shot in fairway; 170 yards to over the green; chip rattles off flagstick to 1 foot; Made putt for par 4.
Spieth: Tee shot in fairway; approach to 25 feet on the green; putt to 1 foot; Made putt for par 4.
Hearn: Tee shot in right rough; second shot over green; chip to 5 feet; Made putt for par 4.