Spieth takes victory leading into Open Championship
In the end, Spieth got exactly what he was looking for from the John Deere Classic: a win and some positive energy ahead of The Open Championship.
Spieth beat Tom Gillis on the second hole of a playoff to win at TPC Deere Run on Sunday for his fourth victory of the season.
Gillis and Spieth, who opened the tournament with an even-par 71, finished the final round at 20-under 264. Zach Johnson and Danny Lee tied for third at 19 under.
“To be able to shoot 20-under in three rounds is nice momentum,” Spieth said. “The finish, when I really didn’t feel like tee to green I had much (Sunday), gives me a lot of momentum to draw on if I don’t have my best stuff. ”
“I really didn’t care anyways. I came here for a reason, and we accomplished that reason,” Spieth said.
After shooting a career-best 10 under on Saturday, Spieth entered the final round with a two-shot lead.
Things didn’t quite go to plan for Spieth, after completing an ordinary front nine. But the world Number two roared back into contention with four birdies in five holes, including a 21-foot chip from the fringe on No. 16.