Photo Associated Press: Jordan Spieth poses with the John Deere Classic trophy after winning the tournament by defeating Tom Gillis on the second playoff hole Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Silvis, Ill.
The John Deere Classic is considered by many as the US PGA Tour British Open warm up venue and gives golf fans an insight into possible contenders for the most famous trophy in golf, The Claret Jug.
Held between the 9th and 12th of July, The John Deere Classic was hosted by the TPC Deere Run.
It was world number 2, Jordan Speith that lead the way after a truly stunning third round of 61 to fire into a two shot lead.
Speith, didn´t have it all his own way and struggled to get going in the final round in what seemed like a “hangover” from the scintillating golf that he had played on Saturday.
But he found his form in the home stretch birdieing four of the final five holes to force his way into play-off with veteran Tom Gillis.
The pair played down the 18th and both walked away with pars on the first playoff hole. But a mistake by Gillis opened the door for Speith to secure his fourth victory this season
It makes Speith the first player since a certain Tiger Woods, to win 4 tournaments before the British Open, but his record this season is better than that of Woods in 2000, having won two majors to Woods 1 and 11 top 10s to Woods 9.
The performance from Speith makes him the undoubted favourite to win The British Open and knock Rory Mcilory off the top spot and become the number one golfer in the world.
It was a superb display by Speith and demonstrated his intention to win his third major. If he does he surely has to be considered for a Grand Slam?
Photo courtesy TPC Deer Run