Nineteen year old, Jordan Spieth became the youngest PGA Tour winner in 82 years with his playoff victory at the John Deere Classic today. Everyone who follows golf knew the former University of Texas stalwart would eventually win on the PGA Tour, they just did not expect it coming so soon. Spieth closed the final round of the tournament with a 65, thanks to a miraculous holed bunker shot for birdie on the 72nd hole of regulation. His 19 under par total was good enough to enter a playoff with defending/former major champion Zach Johnson (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) and David Hearn (FJ Sport).
On the first hole of the sudden death playoff, all three players exchanged pars. Playing the 18th again, for the third time, Johnson narrowly missed a birdie on the high side of the hole and tapped in for par. His playing competitors also made pars to extend the match. On the next two playoff holes, all three players made pars, again, to continue the playoff.
Now on the 18th tee for the fourth time, each player missed the fairway wide right and would have to scramble to have any hope at capturing the win. Spieth had the most direct line to the green and hit a low running seven iron that bounded just over the green to the back fringe. After Spieth putted to within a few feet of the hole, Hearn had a tricky par putt to extend the playoff. Hearn missed giving Spieth a short putt for the win. Speith converted the short putt making him one of the youngest PGA Tour winners in history.
Spieth wore Contour Casual during his Championship performance.
The win earns Spieth an exemption to next week's Open Championship, next years Masters® Tournament, and a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
John Deere Classic Shoe Count
FJ - 60 %
Nearest Competitor - 20%
Mikko Ilonen cruised to a three shot victory at the Nordea Masters, winning his first European Tour title for six years at Bro Hof Slott.
The 33 year old, whose two previous victories came in 2007, the latter in this event, started the day two clear and an imposing display meant the gap was not closed, despite a hugely impressive 12 under weekend total from FJ Apparel Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (FJ Sport & StaSof)
After turning in 34, Ilonen (FJ ICON & StaSof) then birdied the 11th from 12 feet, before his only set-back with a three-putt bogey at the long 12th. A sublime chip to three feet at the next quickly atoned for that error, and there were no dramas over the closing stretch.
A three under par 69 ensured a 21 under total and three shot victory margin for the Finn.
“It’s pretty special. I could feel a lot of support from Finland, especially today," said Ilonen,
Asked about his bogey at the 12th, he added: “I just got ahead of myself with the first putt. I’ve said for weeks now it doesn’t really bother me if I make a bogey because I know I can make it up and it was the first time I went for the 13th in two.”
Ilonen had been a runner-up in Morocco before finishing second to Brett Rumford in China already this season, and was pleased with the way he dealt with those disappointments.
“To bounce back this soon is really good,” he continued. “It’s really satisfying, but the show I saw in China - I didn’t lose the tournament, Brett won it, so hats off to him."
“Obviously I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few weeks now. People have been expecting me to win but most of all I’ve been expecting myself to win, so to pull it off here after those second places is very satisfying.
Last week’s winner Matteo Manassero (DryJoys Tour & StaSof) put in another admirable performance finishing tied fourth. The Italian carded an ill-timed double bogey on the 18th green on Saturday, however, which left him with too much to do in his final round.
Shoe Count:FJ - 63%Nearest Comp - 20%Glove Count:FJ - 48%Nearest Comp - 19%
The major of the year is upon us and excitement is stirring for the first tee shot to fly across the hallowed grounds of Augusta National! With countless story-lines abound and many of the games top players in peak form it should prove to be yet another historic major championship.
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Matteo Manassero holed a 12 foot putt for eagle on the third playoff hole to defeat fellow FJ staffer Louis Oosthuizen in the Barclay's Singapore Open.
Tropical storms on Friday forced the field to play most of their third round and all of the final round on Sunday. Matteo finished up his first 18 on Sunday with a bogey free 64 to race to the top of the leaderboard at 11-under par. Not to be outdone was former British Open Champion, Oosthuizen, who shot a third round 65 to keep pace with the Italian teenager.
Starting the final round with a two stroke lead, Manassero (FJ Sport and StaSof) rattled off two birdies in his first four holes to remain in control of the tournament. He then made 10 straight pars letting the South African back into the tournament, with Oostuizen (DryJoys Tour and SciFlex) drawing even on the 15th hole. Both players matched birdies on the final hole of regulation to finish at 13 under par.
Birdies were exchanged on the first playoff hole and pars on the next. Then Matteo closed out the tourney with a brilliant eagle for the victory.
Manassero stated post round, “The playoff was just a great honor to play with Louis - it’s been amazing, really. This year has been a tough year for me going through a few swing changes, but it has been amazing this week. I’m glad this came in such a great tournament."
This is Matteo's third win on the European Tour making him the first teenager ever to accomplish this feat.