Spieth is youngest champ in 82 years

Published: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 15, 2013 - 6:35 am

SILVIS, Ill. – Jordan Spieth accomplished something 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 this week's British Open.

The 19-year-old outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff Sunday to win the John Deere Classic, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years. Spieth hit a short par putt to earn a spot in the field at Muirfield.

"I didn't think it would happen this early," said Spieth, who turned pro in December after an All-America season as a freshman at Texas. "I had a plan. I guess the plan got exceeded."

Spieth started the day six shots behind third-round leader Daniel Summerhays. A bogey on the first hole left him seven back with 17 to play.

But Spieth forced his way into the playoff with three straight birdies. The last came when he holed out of a bunker from 44 feet.

"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."

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