Spieth youngest Tour winner in 82 years; Stanford loses LPGA playoff

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Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth of Dallas outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth playoff hole to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.

Spieth hit a 2-foot par putt to earn a spot in next week’s British Open. He is the tour’s first teenage winner since Ralph Guldahl at the 1931 Santa Monica Open. Spieth also earned his full PGA Tour membership and a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Spieth, Hearn and Johnson made par on the first four playoff holes, but Hearn and Johnson bogeyed the fifth. Spieth holed out of a bunker from 44 feet on the 72nd hole to make the playoff.

Former Mansfield standout Martin Flores shot a 63 to tie Daniel Summerhays and Jerry Kelly for fourth at 18 under. Former TCU golfer J.J. Henry tied for seventh at 17 under.

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• LPGA: Hee Young Park beat former TCU and Saginaw Boswell standout Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. Park shot a 65 and birdied the deciding hole after she and Stanford (64) birdied the final hole of regulation to tie at 26-under 258.

•  Champions Tour: Kenny Perry’s 63 capped a 10-shot comeback over two days to win the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, Neb., his second straight senior major title. His 64-63 set a Senior Open mark for the final 36 holes and beat Fred Funk by five shots.

• European PGA: Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open in Inverness, ending his 20-year wait for a win in Europe. Mickelson three-putted the 72nd hole to miss out on a win in regulation.

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