Jun 30, 2013; Bethesda, MD, USA; Jordan Spieth reacts after chipping in for a birdie on the third hole during the final round of AT

Jordan Spieth Accomplishes the Improbable

The year was 1931. The Star Spangled Banner was officially declared our National Anthem.  President Herbert Hoover presided as the 31st president of the United States.  Our country’s national population was just over 124 million, and this was the year the Empire State Building would be completed.

If you wanted to buy a refrigerator for your home, General Motors (not Electric) was producing the first for household use this year.

This was also the year the last time a teenager (Ralph Gudahl) won a PGA Tour event.  Jordan Spieth who turns 20 in two weeks accomplished the improbable Sunday (in a manner that seemed just as unbelievable) when he overcame enormous odds to capture the lead on the fifth playoff hole at the John Deere Classic.

When I say enormous odds, that may be putting it lightly. Spieth describes the amazing (and undoubtedly lucky) shot  at the 18th;

 ”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.

(see the shot here)

The win also qualifies the youngster to play at the British Open this week!

Who knows what the future holds for Spieth, but what happened in Silvis, IL this weekend was something that Tiger, Phil and Rory cannot list on their resume; win a tour event as a teen.  And it is a feat we may not see for another 80 years!



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