AUSTIN, Texas – Texas alum Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic to notch his fifth career Tour title on Sunday at The Open at Saint Andrews.
Spieth, in his lone start since capturing the U.S. Open in June, made the most of his British Open tuneup by winning the John Deere Classic in a sudden-death playoff for the second time.
Spieth will be going for his third-straight victory at the 2015 Brisih Open from July 16-19.
One day after shooting 10-under 61, Spieth struggled early, bogeying two of the first three holes and stood 1 over for the day after 12 holes. He trailed by four strokes with six holes to go and it appeared as though it wasn't going to be his day.
But Spieth did more than simply honor his commitment to play the John Deere Classic. He dug deep despite not having his best stuff.
"To be four back with six to go," he said, "all we were saying was we birdied five out of the last six two years ago in order to get into a playoff, so why can't we do it again."
Spieth rallied with the four birdies he needed, including pulling the flag and chipping in from 21 feet off the green at No. 16 to post 68 and catch Gillis at 20-under 264.
Spieth notched his fifth-career Tour title when Gillis made bogey on the second playoff hole. Returning to the 18th hole yet again, Gillis drove into the trees to the right and knocked his second shot into the water. Spieth captured his fourth Tour title of the year, becoming the first to win four times in a season before the British Open since Tiger Woods won five times in 2000.
"What an incredible week," Spieth said. "Started off so slow, and to be able to shoot 20 under in three rounds is obviously nice momentum."
Now on to St. Andrews for Spieth. "I'll pick a game plan as we get on the flight here" he said. "I'll talk to my instructor who's over there and we'll figure out what's the best option to know St. Andrews as well as we can."