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Jordan Spieth Wins John Deere Classic in Playoff for First PGA Tour Victory

At 19 years and change, former University of Texas golfer Jordan Spieth wins his first professional tournament against 2009 Master's winner Zach Johnson and Canadian Nick Hearn.


Congratulations to Jordan Spieth who won today's John Deere Golf Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL, his very first as a professional. He squeaked into the playoff by holing a sand shot on the par 4 18th. That birdie was one of six on the back nine leading to a 6-under 65 in regulation.

His first playoff appearance, Jordan managed several par saving up-and-down's before hitting an incredible recovery shot out of the rough on 18 ending his 7-iron just over the green while his playing competitors didn't reach the green in regulation each carding bogey's.

Jordan casually putted his 3rd shot to within tap-in distance and sank the par putt for the win.

Spieth becomes the first teenager to win a PGA tournament since Ralph Guldahl in 1931.

Awaiting Jordan is the charter 737 that idles in the nearby airport tarmac for the players headed to Muirfield and The Open Championship.

In addition to collecting the winner's check of $828,000 he also automatically qualifies as an official PGA tour member and because of his tremendous performance season-to-date with 5 top-10 finishes and making the cut in 12 of 16 events, he keeps all his FedEx points and vaults up the post-season ranking system now ranked 11th.

Needless to say the young man has got moxie.

Hook'em Jordan. We all hope this is the first of many wins for your burgeoning career.