SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — 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.”
Spieth started the day six shots behind third-round leader Daniel Summerhays. A bogey on the first hole left him seven back with 17 to play.
But Spieth forced his way into the playoff with three straight birdies. The last came when he holed out of the bunker from 44 feet, delighting a crowd that had expected to see Johnson, the hometown favorite, defend his title.
Spieth caught a break when that 44-footer took a pair of fortuitous bounces. But he also put himself in that position with a brilliant final round.
“The shot on 18 was the luckiest shot I ever hit in my life,” Spieth said. “The fact that it bounced right and hit the pin and dropped down to the cup, it’s just extremely fortunate.”
Kenny Perry shoots 63 to win US Senior Open: Kenny Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.
Perry shot a final-round 63 at the Omaha Country Club and won his second straight senior major by five strokes over Fred Funk. His 64-63 finish set a tournament record for the last 36 holes.
The 52-year-old Kentuckian started Sunday two shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.
Perry’s 63 matched Allen’s Friday score for best round of the tournament. He finished with a 13-under 267.
Rocco Mediate used three straight birdies on the back nine to get within two shots of Perry. But Perry birdied Nos. 14 and 15, Mediate bogeyed 16, and Perry’s lead was five shots.
Mickelson wins Scottish Open after playoff: Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open on Sunday, ending his 20-year wait for a victory in Europe.
After three-putting the 72nd hole to miss out on a win in regulation, Mickelson produced a superb pitch to within a foot of the 18th pin to leave Grace a 25-footer to match him.
Grace’s putt rolled by the hole and Mickelson was able to celebrate a 48th professional victory worldwide with his wife and three children watching.
Mickelson was using the tournament to hone his game ahead of next week’s British Open at Muirfield. He should tee off on Thursday as No. 5 in the world and $740,000 richer.
Hee Young Park wins LPGA event in playoff: Hee Young Park beat Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole Sunday to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Park birdied the deciding hole for the victory after both she and Stanford birdied the final hole of regulation to set up a tie at 26-under 258 after 72 holes.
Stanford closed with a 7-under 64, while Park, who led after the third round, had a 65.
Catriona Matthew of Scotland closed with a 66 to finish at 23 under.