A super performance from Jordan Spieth wins him the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in play-off against Tom Gillis.
Jordan was tied at the top of the John Deere Classic leaderboard with Tom Gillis on -20 under par, and won the second play-off hole with a par. He said he now has momentum gong into next week at St.Andrews, and does not care how it comes;
“I came here for a reason, and we accomplished that reason, and certainly have some momentum going into next week.”
“To be able to shoot twenty under in three rounds is nice momentum.”
“The finish, when I really didn’t feel like tee to green I had much Sunday, gives me a lot of momentum to draw on if I don’t have my best stuff. “
“I’ve got plenty in the tank.”
“Leading into the Masters, those couple of weeks right before could have taken a lot out of me with a runner-up finish and then a playoff loss. And we rebounded nicely.”
“This tournament means a lot to me, this is a tournament I truly love.”
“I need to fine tune my driver. I love where my putter is at. My pace control, my speed is awesome right now.”
Tom spoke about advancing age;
“When you’re going to be 47, the window is closing.”
“What I saw Sunday, and the last three days, I’d have to say makes me think I’ve still got some tread on the tires left.”
Consolation for Tom he secured the one spot available at The Open from the John Deere Classic, via his performance at the tournament, and will be at St Andrews next week.
Zach Johnson and last weeks winner Danny Lee tied in third place at -19 under par. Danny was penalized for an infringement early in his round. He was on the fourth hole when he marked his tee shot and lifted his ball to clean it, believing that the tournament was still operating under the clean and place rules. It cost him a place in the play-off.
Zach was standing over a 30 foot putt on the par three 16th hole, just as he made his swing a loud explosion knocked him out of his stride. A successful putt would have tied him at -20 under;
“I don’t know if it was like a pipe bomb or a backfire from a boat.”
“I don’t have any idea, but I know it was loud, and I know I was about ready to hit my putt.”
Finishing tied fifth for the competition at -18 under par were; Chris Stroud, Johnson Wagner and Justin Thomas.