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Spieth, Mickelson, Perry Are Weekend Golf Winners

July 15, 2013

Jordan Spieth, at age 19, won the John Deere Classic on Sunday and became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl captured the Santa Monica Classic in 1931.

Spieth just turned pro in December following his freshman season at the University of Texas.  He defeated defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn on the fifth hole of a playoff Sunday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.  The playoff contenders had finished regulation play at 19-under-par 265.  Spieth joined the playoff by shooting a 6-under-par 65 in Sunday’s fourth round.

Meanwhile, Kenny Perry won a Senior Major for the second time in three weeks, taking the U.S. Senior Open at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska.  Perry shot a 7-under-par 63 on Sunday, and set tournament records by going 13-under-par over the final two rounds, and by coming back from 10 shots down after two rounds.  He finished with a 13-under-par 267, tying the tournament record set by Hale Irwin in 2000 at Saucon Valley here in Pennsylvania, and beat Fred Funk by five strokes.  Perry had won the Senior Players Championship two weeks earlier at Fox Chapel.

And, Phil Mickelson dropped a one-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Scotland.  Mickelson had three-putted the 72nd hole, and found himself tied with Brendan Grace, of South Africa.  Grace missed a 25-footer for birdie on the extra holes.  The playoff contenders had closed regulation play at 17-under-par 271.

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