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Spieth victorious after sudden death playoff

Real momentum ahead of St. Andrews and The Open

Whether rallying from four shots behind with six holes to play for a second John Deere Classic win erased the doubts that followed his decision to play stateside prior to his bid for an historic third leg of the modern Grand Slam mattered little to Jordan Spieth on Sunday evening.

But, hey, let’s get his PGA Tour victory total right. A par on the second hole of sudden death lifted the hottest player in the game to five Tour wins and counting, a smiling Spieth was quick to point out when that number erroneously was cited as four.

“I know I don’t get credit for winning Tiger’s event and the Australian Open,” he said of a pair of off-season victories that got him started on a run that may be remembered as one of the most significant in golf history. “But give me credit for all of my Tour wins.”

By any measure, the 21-year-old Texan continues to collect praise for talent beyond his years and a similarly impressive demeanor many consider to be a credit to the gentleman’s game. “He has the best attitude I have ever seen in any player,” gushed CBS commentator David Feherty. “He couldn’t be more of a saint for the game of golf if his name was Andrew.”

And St. Andrews, of course, is the next stop on the Jordan Spieth Coronation Tour. With his fifth win behind him, Spieth will launch his pursuit of a feat previously accomplished only by legendary fellow Texan Ben Hogan when the Deere-sponsored charter jet touches down in Scotland Monday afternoon.

Having already won the Masters and U.S. Open —and with defending champion and World No. 1 Rory McIlroy a scratch due to injury — Spieth will be a prohibitive favorite at the historic Old Course this coming week.

And for those who still wonder if a gritty victory at a soft and birdie-yielding TPC Deere Run course that bears little resemblance to the birthplace of golf has him ready for the year’s third major, Spieth — No. 2 in the world with a bullet — would have them know that the only opinion that matters is his own.

“I really didn’t care anyway,” he said of the debate over his choice to return to the tournament where he scored his first victory in 2013, a win he credits with positioning him for all the success that has followed.

“I came here for a reason, and we accomplished that reason, and certainly have some momentum going into next week.”

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