Talented 19-year-old Jordan Spieth unlocked a chest full of opportunities after winning the 2013 John Deere Classic in a dramatic 5-hole playoff on Sunday afternoon at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, IL.
Needing a win before August to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Spieth who is the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years birdied 5 of his final 6 holes on Sunday to elevate himself into a tie for the lead. He closed off his round with a chip in birdie from the right hand bunker on 18,. With the ball destined for the water hazard, it took one bounce before falling into the cup
Joining him on the extra holes was Zach Johnson and David Heard, who both had their opportunities in the playoff, but after they all found trouble off the tee on the fifth playoff hole, it was Spieth who made par securing his maiden win as a professional.
The opportunities are now endless for the nearly twenty-year-old who moved to 11th on the FedEx Cup standings, becoming a regular tour member. He also secured his spot in the next three major championships but it was the berth at Augusta National next year that meant the most to him.
“Honestly, the thing that hit me was when David Feherty said ‘Augusta’,” Spieth said. “That is a place I have been to one time, the Monday practice round two years ago. It was like walking in a video game.”
Winning so early in a career can sometimes be a bad thing for a golfer, but ever since Spieth arrived on the PGA Tour as a 16-year-old he has shown talent, that could one day see him being compared to the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, but in the meantime we will be seeing plenty from this talented teenager.