We have been watching Jordan Spieth since he came to TPC Four Seasons for the 2010 Byron Nelson with a note from his High School, saying it was ok for the 16 year-old to compete at a PGA event. Not only did he make the cut, he was tied 7th after 54 holes, and ended the event in a tie for 16th place. The now, 19 year-old ended all speculation if he could play this game when he beat two veterans, including 2007 Masters Champion, Zach Johnson in a marathon playoff at The John Deere Classic. He became the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event since 1931.
With his win at TPC Deere Run, Spieth was able to validate all of his FedEx Cup points, which vaulted him into 11th place. He also boarded the charter flight with Zach Johnson which was bound for Scotland and the Open Championship. He will also be getting an invitation to Augusta next spring, and I have a feeling we will be seeing him for quite some time on the PGA Tour.
Phil Mickelson has made the trip to Scotland more energized than I have seen him in many years. He was able to hold off South African, Branden Grace in a one-hole playoff at The Scottish Open on Sunday to notch his first European Tour win since 1993. Mickelson has made some adjustments to his “grip it and rip it” style of play, and looks to be ready to take on Muirfield. Wouldn’t it be great to have Lefty and Tiger coming down the stretch on Sunday at the Open Championship with a chance to win?
I still think Kenny Perry could compete on the PGA Tour on a weekly basis, but am glad to see him finding success on the Senior Tour. He shot 63 on Sunday to win his second major in a row as he took the US Senior Open.
The Web,com Tour got in the playoff picture on Sunday as 42 year-old Steven Alker from New Zealand shot a 59, and beat an Aussie, Ashley Hall in a playoff to win the Utah Championship.
Not to be out-done, The Manulife Financial LPGA Championship was also decided in a playoff. South Korean, Hee Young Park beat Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole for her first playoff win on the LPGA Tour. Another Park won on Sunday, but it wasn’t Inbee this week.
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