Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/15/13
Jordan Spieth, 2013 JDC winner Jordan Spieth booked his trip to Scotland for the Open Championship this week after holding off Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday. Spieth became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour at 19 years old since 1931. He also earned full status on the PGA Tour and the ability to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs this year. Spieth began the week as a Special Temporary Member on tour, needing a win to secure his spot as a full time member. Not only does he obtain the final spot for the Open Championship this coming week, he also becomes exempt into this year’s PGA Championship and next year’s Masters Tournament. We will get to see if the fortunate bounces continue to go his way this week at Muirfield, the site of this year’s Open Championship. It’s always an interesting week at the John Deere Classic, and this year did not disappoint. A rookie winning on the fifth playoff hole against some stiff competition due to solid play throughout the week and a few virtuous bounces on Sunday afternoon was more than I expected to come out of the week. This brings me to my next point, is the John Deere Classic continue to be played at TPC Deer Run, or should the site be changed to a more difficult track? Over the past few years, the average winning score of the tournament has been right around 20-under par. Yes, I realize that when that is broken up over four days that it is only a 5-under average, but stop and think about it. That means these players are having somewhere around eight birdies per round. Eight, almost half of the holes! I personally don’t really enjoy watching who is going to have the hot putter for the week. I want to see someone intelligently manage a course and play his own game and struggle for par, just like the rest of us hacks. I understand an easier track from time to time, but 10-under should be a winning score for the week on an easier course. Perhaps this is why we enjoy majors so much, because you get to see the human element really play out and watch guys like Justin Rose merely be the last man standing. I’ll jump off the soapbox, but I must say that I am thoroughly excited for this week’s Open Championship where (hopefully) the wind will howl, the weather will be bothersome, and we get to see who really has some deft touch when the players are out there trying to get within 10 feet on a sloping, firm, 100-foot putt.    
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