SILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth can say 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 Sunday to win the John Deere Classic, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
Spieth, a Dallas native who doesn’t turn 20 for another two weeks, hit a short 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.
“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 the University of 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 the bunker from 44 feet, delighting a crowd that had expected to see Johnson, the hometown favorite, defend his title.
Spieth caught a break when that 44-footer took a pair of fortuitous bounces. But he also put himself in that position with a brilliant final round.
“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.”
Park wins Canadian event in playoff: In Waterloo, Ontario, South Korea’s Hee Young Park beat American Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Park reached the green on the par-5, 471-yard deciding hole in two shots and two-putted for her second career LPGA victory. Stanford needed three shots to get on the back fringe, and her long birdie putt ended up a few feet short.
Both players birdied the final hole of regulation at Grey Silo Golf Course to sit tied at 26-under 258. Stanford closed with a 7-under 64. Park, who led after the third round, had a 65.
“When we started (the) final round, I just kept reminding (myself) this is just another round,” Park said. “It doesn’t matter (if it’s the) final round or a first round, keep it simple and just think about always (hitting) my target.”
Catriona Matthew of Scotland (66) was alone in third place at 23 under. South Korea’s Inbee Park (68) finished well back at 16 under, ending her three-tournament winning streak.
Perry shoots 63 to win Senior Open: In Omaha, Neb., Kenny Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open.
Perry shot a final-round 63 at the Omaha Country Club and won his second straight senior major by five strokes over Fred Funk. He set two tournament records over the last 36 holes — for the 64-63 finish and for the size of deficit he overcame.
The 52-year-old Kentuckian started Sunday two shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.
Perry’s 63 was the best ever in a U.S. Senior Open final round. He finished with a 13-under 267.