Texas teen Jordan Spieth makes history with first PGA Tour win
Dallas, Texas native and former University of Texas Longhorn Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic in Illinois on July 14, making the 19-year-old the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
Spieth started Sunday six shots behind the lead before winning a five-hole, three-golfer playoff against David Hearn and Zach Johnson. Spieth shot 19 under par to nab his first PGA Tour victory. He made the playoff after holing a bunker shot on 18.
Spieth is the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 19-year-old Ralph Guldahl at the Santa Montica Classic in 1931, and he is the fourth-youngest golfer to ever win on the PGA Tour. With the win, Spieth becomes a full member of the tour for at least two years and earns a first-place check for $828,000.
Spieth is in his rookie year on the tour after going pro in December 2012. The teenager played one year at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was named to the All-Big 12 team, Big 12 Freshman and Player of the Year, and first-team All-American while leading the Longhorns to a national championship.
During his time at Dallas Jesuit, Spieth became the only player besides Tiger Woods to win the U.S. Junior Amateur multiple times and finished 16 at the 2010 Byron Nelson as a 16-year-old.
Spieth now heads to Scotland for the British Open beginning Thursday, July 18, at Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane.