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Summerhays Finishes Fourth at John Deere, 19-Year- Old Jordan Spieth Wins Seven Hole Playoff
By PGATOUR.COM staffJordan 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 full 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.Overnight leader Daniel Summerhays missed the playoff by one shot. He shot a 62 in the third round to take a two-shot lead going into the final round. He had four straight bogeys on the front nine, but battled back to regain a share of the lead. On the last hole his approach shot ended up with a deep fried egg lie in the bunker and he bogeyed the hole and finished in a tie for fourth.
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 when Hearn missed a 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.
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.