What’s the last thing the rest of the field waned Jordan Spieth to have entering The Open Championship at St. Andrew’s this weekend?
But that’s exactly what the world’s No. 2 player, and winner of both The Masters and the US Open, has after taking his fourth title of 2015 on Sunday, winning the John Deere Classic for the second time in three years, this time via a playoff victory.
The 21-year-old from Texas was pitted against a man easily old enough to be his father in 46-year-old Tom Gillis. Gillis was ahead by two strokes on the back nine, but Spieth rallied late. Gillis hit his ball into the water on the second playoff hole to basically hand Spieth the title.
It’s the first time since Tiger Woods in 2000 that one golfer has won four times before The Open Championship. Spieth closed with a 68 while Gillis pushed him with a 7-under 64.
Spieth was actually 2-over through 12 holes but came alive late with four birdies between 13 and 17 to forge the tie. He pushed a 30-foot putt for the win wide left on No. 18 and lipped out a 33-foot putt that would have won it on the first playoff hole.
The result of his win? Another $846,000 in his pocket and 500 more points on his already lofty FedEx Cup collection.
In his last five events, Spieth has two firsts, a second, and a third-place finish. He has earned $7.8 million in 19 events this year, and finished in the top 10 11 times.
Zach Johnson nearly made it a three-way playoff, firing a final day 65 with a barrage of birdies, five to be exact, between holes 2 and 7.