Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic for the second time Sunday
Silvis, Illinois - The roll continues for Jordan Spieth. After a blistering third round
61 vaulted him into the lead on Saturday, he got off to a slow start on Sunday
(two bogeys on his first three holes). The world No.2 player righted the ship just
in time to shoot 68 and reach a playoff at the John Deere Classic with veteran
journeyman Tom Gillis who fired a final round 64 at TPC Deere Run.
After both made par on the 1st playoff hole, Gillis blinked first when he missed his
tee shot wide right. Attempting to hit a low punch shot through the trees, his
approach rolled through the fairway and into the water, with Spieth safely on
the green, it was Game Over. With the win, Spieth now has four on the season
and heads to the Open Championship at St.Andrews with supreme momentum.
With World No.1 and Defending Champion Rory McIlroy sidelined with an ankle injury,
Spieth, who is going for the 3rd leg of the Grand Slam is the clear favorite. His
thoughts on the home of golf: “I love it. I absolutely love it,” he said. “I love the
town. I love the R&A clubhouse. I love the what do you call it - Himalayas putting
green. The entire experience of being there was really cool. The golf course,
specifically, I think it’s just mind boggling that it can stand the test of time and hold
a major championship centuries after it was built.”
Many questioned why Spieth was in Silvis instead of Scotland the week before the
Open Championship, the 21 year old once again showed his character and maturity
well beyond his age with his perspective on the subject: “This tournament means a
lot to me,” he said. “I mean this jump started my career I’d probably be six months
to a year further back in my career had that shot not gone in and had I not survived
the playoff. I wouldn’t have been in the Fedex Cup playoffs, the Presidents Cup, my
world ranking would have been down given that I played the playoffs extremely well.
So I would have been set back a little bit starting the next year. I could have played
a different schedule. Who knows what could have happened.”
In Gee Chun celebrates her victory at the U.S Women's Open
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - 20 year old South Korean In Gee Chun birdied four of the
final seven holes to shoot a final round 66, and win the U.S Women's Open in her
debut. Chun outlasted third round leader Amy Yang, who struggled mid-round but
battled back to eagle the 16th and birdie the 17th to pull even with Chun. Needing
par on the 72nd hole to force a playoff, Yang made bogey to fall one stroke short
after a final round 71.
For Yang, who held a three shot lead heading into Sunday, it was the third time
playing in the final group in the past four years . . . coming up empty on each
Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis tied for third at -5. Defending Champion Michelle
Wie finished tied for 11th at -2.
Ricky Fowler heads to St.Andrews with momentum after winning at Gullane
Scotland - After making bogey on the 14th, Rickie Fowler was two shots back. He
went on and birdied the 15th, 16th and 18th to reach 12 under par and deny Matt
Kuchar a chance at victory at the Aberdeen Asset management Scottish Open. It
may have been something that a fellow American told him before the week began:
“Phil [Mickelson] mentioned to me, win this and there’s a good chance you win next
week . . . so I had to take care of business,” said Fowler. “I don’t know what’s so
special about links golf but it’s my favourite. The golf course can play so different
day after day and it presents a new challenge. It was a good test this week at
"I will have a bit of time tonight to let it sink in and get right back at it next week.
"This is a big win. I had a couple of missed cuts after winning the Players, which
was disappointing, so it feels good to get back on form. I had to dig deep. I was a
little bummed to drop a shot on 14 but knew I had some birdie holes coming in. I had
played the last four holes well this week and luckily 14 didn't cost me."
Fowler knows there is still work to be done, "There are a few things we can tighten
up for next week but I am looking forward to getting back to St Andrews, the Home
of Golf, and getting into contention."
Matt Kuchar and Raphael Jacquelin finished tied for second at -11.