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Monday, July 15, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 John Deere Classic

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: It was a weekend for all kinds of outstanding performances! Phil Mickelson got his first-ever links golf win at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the ET; Hee Young Park got her 2nd LPGA win at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic with a near record breaking final score after setting a course record Saturday; Kenny Perry got his 2nd Champions Tour major at the 34th US Senior Open; and Steven Alker won the Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour though Will Wilcox stole his thunder by shooting a 59.

Spieth hoists his first trophy

I simply can't add much to the TV broadcast except to say... Jordan Spieth ROCKS!

He started the day 6 strokes off the lead. You probably saw the miracle hole-out from the bunker on 18 to make a 3-way playoff with David Hearn and defending champion Zach Johnson. (And admit it -- until then, you expected them to change the name of the tournament from the Steve Stricker Classic to the Stricker-Johnson Invitational.) Then you saw Spieth just hang in there, playing smart golf for 5 holes until he ended up with a short putt on the final hole to win it. You saw all that.

No doubt you also heard them say that Spieth is the first teenager to win a PGA event in 82 years. (The last, according to the John Deere Classic wrap-up at PGATOUR.com, was Ralph Guldahl at the Santa Monica Open in 1931.)

What you may not realize is just how much this affects his schedule for the rest of the year. Spieth had already played well enough to lock up his Tour card for next year -- he had 5 Top10s (one of them a T2) and had made around $1.4 million. But this win did more than give him immediate Tour membership.

Firstly, the win got him a spot in the Open Championship next week. Better buy some warm woolies, Jordan -- Scotland's chilly right now!

But that's not all. As a member of the Tour he now gets to play in the FedExCup playoffs. The points he would have gotten all season now become official... and he debuts at #11 in the FedExCup standings. (Yes, he's played THAT well. At 19 years old. Like I said, Jordan Spieth ROCKS!) Do you think he's going to be a Presidents Cup Captain's pick this year? I suspect he will.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the Texas teen who done good. And to the rest of the Tour I offer this sage bit of advice... Be afraid. Be VERY afraid...
Beware of that teenager Spieth!
That Deere-green stuff coating his teeth
Is what’s left of the field
Since he’s eaten his fill—
From the TOP of the heap, not beneath!
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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