It really was just a matter of time until Jordan Spieth picked up his first PGA Tour victory. He had been knocking on the door for the last few months, but hadn’t managed to pull out a win despite winning over $1 million in the process. It takes time to learn how to win, and Spieth finally learned that lesson. His win at the John Deere Classic was significant for the 19 year old for many reasons.
First, he became the youngest winner on the Tour since 1931 which is a pretty impressive accomplishment considering the laundry list of golfers that have played during that time. That’s right – Spieth has done something that Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy couldn’t accomplish. The key for him is going to be not getting ahead of himself and learning how to manage the pressure as he becomes the next big thing.
Speith had already locked up a spot on the Tour for next year based on his winnings in 2013. This victory, however, gets him off of sponsor exemptions and gives him a two year exemption. That means that he no longer has to worry about getting invited by sponsors to play in events and he also gets to participate in the FedEx Cup Playoffs this year – he’s now ranked 11th in those standings. Spieth has also moved all the way up to 59th in the newest official world golf rankings.
Most of all, this win is a major confidence booster for the teenager. Spieth was obviously aware of the talent that he possessed but the fact that he was able to break through and pick up a victory must have been a huge relief. He had come close and been in contention on several occasions, but now the monkey is already off of his back. He can continue to play with nothing to lose for the remainder of year – which as to be somewhat disconcerting to his competition.