SILVIS, Ill. - Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
Spieth hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in next week's British Open. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.
Spieth forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.
Spieth, Hearn and Johnson made par on the first four playoff holes, but Spieth made another par while Johnson and Hearn scored bogeys on the fifth.
Steve Stricker, a three-time John Deere Classic winner, finished -16, tied for 10th.
Stricker won't play in the British Open next week. Instead, he and his wife will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.
Jerry Kelly made a late push, with two birdies in his final five holes. He finished -18, a stroke back of the leaders.
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