Following his victories at The Masters and US Open, there seems to be no stopping Jordan Spieth in 2015. Leading in to the John Deere Classic, the American had also won the Hero World Challenge and Valspar Championship, in addition to second place finishes at the Valero Texas Open, Shell Houston Open and Crowne Plaza Invitational.
For Spieth., it was the fourth year in a row playing the John Deere Classic and the two time major winner will remember the tournament of 2013, when he won his first PGA Tour title. Perhaps that was why he chose to play the tournament again this year, instead of taking the advice of many outsiders, who said he should be heading to Scotland to play, ahead of the Open Championship. America Golf first highlighted the talent of Jordan Spieth in 2013 and his first PGA Victory.
This was the first tournament Spieth entered following the US Open and he started the event as clear favourite. This was partly due to the great form he was in but also the lack of real competition in the field, or so it seemed. Thursday night, after completion of the first round, Spieth may have been forgiven for wishing he had gone to Scotland, as the world number two was tied at 101st and the wrong side of the cut.
Many players may have decided to take things easy the following day and catch an early flight to Scotland following a poor opening round, not Spieth. The young American came out on day two and shot a 64, which pushed him the right side of the cut. However, the great comeback did not end there. More was to come on Saturday as Spieth shot an incredible 61, which is a new career best 10 under par for the round and this propelled Spieth to the top of the leaderboard.
At this stage, going in to the final round, it was Spieth’s tournament to lose and he almost did just that. An indifferent front nine, allowed the chasers to close in and it took four birdies out of the last six holes for Spieth to force a play-off. Spieth’s opponent, Tom Gillis forced the play-off to a second hole but once he found the water, the title belonged to Spieth.
This was not just another victory for Jordan Spieth, it was one that showed character and motivation. When it would have been easier to have called it a day after the first round and turn his attention to the Open Championship, Spieth dug in and played his way back in to the tournament.
There were certainly times when Spieth played poorly at the 2015 John Deere Classic but it’s the sign of a great champion, to be able to work through it and still come out on top. The field at the Open Championship have been warned.