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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 John Deere Classic

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: While Amy Yang and Stacy Lewis battled each other, 20-year-old In Gee Chun roared through the field to take her first US Women's Open on the LPGA; Rickie Fowler made another late-round charge to win the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the ET; Martin Pillar set a new tournament record en route to his win at the Tour's Albertsons Boise Open; Jerry Smith got his first win at the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship; and C.T. Pan won The Players Cup on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR Canada.

Jordan Spieth with Deere trophy

Well, he did it again.

Not only did Jordan Spieth win another tournament -- 2 in a row now -- but he's won 2 John Deere Classics in playoffs. And he did it with 4 birdies in the last 6 holes -- another last-minute charge when he looked to be out of the tournament.

And oh yes, he broke Zach Johnson's heart again. He just didn't do it in the playoff this time. But Zach will get his rematch at the Open next week.

Danny Lee came up just short of making the playoff, but he's also on his way to the Open.

And long-time Tour pro Tom Gillis got beat in that playoff, but he also got an Open berth out of the deal. So I guess, when you consider everything, it doesn't matter so much that Jordan just tore up the field again after being T101 after round 1.

Of course, I doubt any of them see it that way. And I certainly doubt that Rory McIlroy will share that view, as a win by Jordan at the Open will likely vault the wunderkid to #1 in the world. And if there are any doubters left who believe Jordan made a mistake by preparing for the Open at the John Deere... well, I don't think anybody cares what they think now

And Jordan? He just chalks up PGA Tour win #4 of 2015, worldwide win #6 of the wraparound season, and heads off to St. Andrews where he will likely approach this major like any other tournament that he expects to win.

Plus, if it matters at all in the midst of his remarkable run of good play, he also grabs his 4th Limerick Summary of the year. Funny how that works out:
With four wins this calendar year,
Spieth answered his critics that Deere
Was not among venues
To prep for St. Andrews
By winning. His game’s now in gear!
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