Jordan Spieth can say that he’s accomplished something that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy never did.
Spieth won a PGA Tour event as a teenager — and now he’s joining all those stars at next week’s British Open. The 19-year-old outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday in Silvis, Ill., becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
Spieth, who turns 20 in two weeks, hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in the field at Muirfield. He is the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.
Spieth started the day six shots behind Daniel Summerhays. But he forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.
Spieth, Hearn, and Johnson made par on the first four playoff holes, but Spieth made another par to stave off Johnson and Hearn on the fifth.
Woods, Mickelson, and McIlroy were all 20 when they picked up their first victories.
European — Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open in Inverness, ending his 20-year wait for a victory in Europe.
After three-putting the 72d hole to miss out on a win in regulation, Mickelson produced a superb pitch from 45 yards that landed within a foot of the 18th pin, leaving Grace a 25-footer to match him.
Grace’s putt rolled by the hole and the 43-year-old American was able to celebrate a 48th professional victory worldwide.
Mickelson and Grace shot 3-under 69s in the final round to finish at 17-under 271 and overtake overnight leader Henrik Stenson, who bogeyed three of his last six holes for a tie for third with J.B. Hansen at 15 under.
Mickelson erased a five-shot deficit after three holes to earn his first win on European soil since capturing a title in Paris on the European Challenge Tour in 1993.
Champions Tour — Kenny Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the US Senior Open in Omaha.
Perry finished with a 63 to win his second straight senior major. He bested Fred Funk by five strokes. His 64-63 finish set a tournament mark for the last 36 holes as he became the ninth player to win consecutive senior majors.
Perry began the day two shots behind Michael Allen, but went ahead to stay after he birdied Nos. 2 and 3 and Allen bogeyed the third.
LPGA — Hee Young Park beat Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario.
Park birdied the deciding hole for the victory after both she and Stanford birdied the final hole of regulation to set up a tie at 26-under 258 after 72 holes. Stanford closed with a 7-under 64, while Park, who led after the third round, had a 65.
Web.com — Steven Alker made par on the first playoff hole to edge Ashley Hall in the Utah Championship in Sandy, as they managed to hold off Will Wilcox, who birdied his final hole in regulation to shoot a 59 that left him one shot back.