Look out PGA Tour, there could be a new phenom on the horizon, and his name is Jordan Spieth.
Spieth outlasted David Heard and Zach Johnson as part of a grueling, 5-hole playoff to win the PGA John Deere Classic on Sunday afternoon. Normally, a simple victory in a non-Major PGA Tour event wouldn’t be front page news, but there is something quite unusual about Spieth in this instance.
He is nineteen years old.
In fact, Spieth is the first teenager to win a PGA Tour event in 82 years, and that alone is worth whatever hype he can generate. It wasn’t a “cheap” victory for Spieth either, as he was forced to shoot three consecutive rounds of 65 to finish the weekend, and he was able to make 5 consecutive pars to grab the championship. In addition, he birdied 5 of the last 6 holes on the day to charge into the 3-way tie, and he even had the mental fortitude to forget about a 1st-hole bogey that began his Sunday round.
Prior to this week, Spieth was best known as one of only two golfers ever to win the US Junior Amateur multiple times. The other player is pretty familiar to golf fans, and his name is Tiger Woods.
Obviously, winning one tournament will not make Jordan Spieth a household name. However, the fact that he is this good before the age of 20 is something rarely seen on the Tour, and if he can parlay this success into a confident step forward in his game, he could be scary in the very near future.