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Jordan Spieth wins again, rolls to British Open with another John Deere Classic title

Jordan Spieth took some heat for playing the John Deere Classic instead of prepping for the third leg of a potential Grand Slam in Scotland, but he went ahead and won it to roll into another huge major week in dominant form.

Whether it's the biggest events or one of the smallest of the PGA Tour season, Jordan Spieth keeps getting it done. After a couple weeks off following his U.S. Open victory, the 21-year-old returned to golf at the John Deere Classic and decided to add another title before he goes for the third leg of the grand slam. Spieth is the first player to win four times in a single season before the British Open since 2000, when Tiger Woods piled up five victories by mid-July.

Spieth started this week taking some criticism for even entering and playing the John Deere out in the Quad Cities region in Illinois. He was sitting there with the first two majors in hand and a historic chance to capture the first three legs, so why was he halfway around the world and not prepping over in Scotland, or at least getting used to the time change. It was a legitimate concern. Not many players with guaranteed spots in The Open, let alone Grand Slam aspirations, play the John Deere and take the red eye overseas the week of a major.

But Spieth said he reaffirmed his commitment to the event within 30 minutes of his U.S. Open win last month. It's a nice event that's important to the region, but it's one of the weakest fields of the year, has the smallest purse of the season (non-Fall series), and has that less-than-ideal spot on the calendar. This was where Spieth got his first professional win, however, and he said it was this event that gave him the opportunity to go on and win majors. So he stayed committed.

Spieth was an overwhelming favorite. It's not a deep field and he was 3/1 to win, but it's still startling to see him pick up these titles with almost Tiger-like predictability and frequency. The field always has a better chance, but Spieth is so clearly the best player in the world right now that it doesn't matter. He even spotted everyone else an ugly (by his current standards) opening round, which put him tied for 101st on Thursday night and on the wrong side of the cut line. You might not fault him for mailing it in, packing it up and missing the weekend to get over to Scotland two days early. Instead, he responded with a 7-under 64 to make the cut and shoot up the leaderboard.

While that 64 was the kind of form we're used to seeing this year, and it managed to get him past the cut, the Saturday 61 set a new career mark and put him comfortably on top of the leaderboard. Spieth spent much of Sunday squandering chances on the front nine, and he got lapped by the chasers at a TPC Deere Run course that demands you go low and pour in birdies to stay in contention.

In his 2013 win, Spieth birdied five of his last six holes and needed a miracle hole-out bunker shot at the 18th just to get into a three-man playoff. This Sunday, after relinquishing his 54-hole lead, he got back in the game with four birdies over his final six holes to get into another playoff. The run got serious at the 16th, where he holed a chip shot that put the chasedown of leader Tom Gillis within reach.

On paper, the playoff against Gillis was a total mismatch, but Gillis forced a second playoff hole before handing it to Spieth with a punch out into a water hazard. That made it academic and Spieth now rolls over to Scotland with yet another record.

Sunday started with Rickie Fowler making birdie on three of his last four holes to win a loaded Scottish Open, and finished with Spieth taking this title in Illinois. Not a bad way to begin the week at the season's third major. Here are your final results from the 2015 John Deere Classic:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1 Jordan Spieth (playoff winner) -20 71 64 61 68 264
2 Tom Gillis -20 66 65 69 64 264
T3 Zach Johnson -19 66 68 66 65 265
T3 Danny Lee -19 68 68 62 67 265
T5 Chris Stroud -18 68 68 67 63 266
T5 Johnson Wagner -18 68 63 68 67 266
T5 Justin Thomas -18 63 67 69 67 266
T8 Steve Wheatcroft -16 67 66 70 65 268
T8 Will Wilcox -16 66 66 69 67 268
T8 Kevin Chappell -16 68 69 64 67 268
T8 Daniel Summerhays -16 65 67 68 68 268
T12 Jason Bohn -15 68 68 69 64 269
T12 Carl Pettersson -15 66 71 66 66 269
T14 Robert Streb -14 66 70 68 66 270
T14 Scott Piercy -14 67 69 67 67 270
T14 Luke Guthrie -14 64 70 67 69 270
17 Jerry Kelly -13 70 66 67 68 271
T18 Adam Hadwin -12 68 70 69 65 272
T18 Vijay Singh -12 67 68 70 67 272
T18 Kyle Stanley -12 67 71 67 67 272
T18 Roger Sloan -12 70 68 67 67 272
T18 Scott Pinckney -12 66 66 71 69 272
T18 Brian Stuard -12 66 68 68 70 272
T24 Brian Harman -11 67 68 71 67 273
T24 Mark Hubbard -11 69 67 70 67 273
T24 Ryan Moore -11 70 65 69 69 273
T24 Robert Garrigus -11 65 68 70 70 273
T28 Chad Campbell -10 72 64 72 66 274
T28 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -10 68 68 71 67 274
T28 Alex Prugh -10 68 69 70 67 274
T28 Bryce Molder -10 68 65 73 68 274
T28 Michael Putnam -10 69 67 70 68 274
T28 Steven Alker -10 65 69 70 70 274
T28 Josh Teater -10 69 68 67 70 274
T35 Scott Langley -9 68 70 71 66 275
T35 Hudson Swafford -9 71 66 70 68 275
T35 Max Homa -9 70 66 70 69 275
T35 Kevin Kisner -9 69 67 70 69 275
T35 Steve Stricker -9 65 69 71 70 275
T35 Shawn Stefani -9 65 70 64 76 275
T41 Jim Renner -8 67 69 74 66 276
T41 Rod Pampling -8 72 66 71 67 276
T41 William McGirt -8 69 69 69 69 276
T44 Zack Sucher -7 71 67 71 68 277
T44 Vaughn Taylor -7 69 69 71 68 277
T44 Jhonattan Vegas -7 67 70 71 69 277
T44 Sam Saunders -7 67 69 70 71 277
T44 Nicholas Thompson -7 63 72 70 72 277
T44 Roberto Castro -7 69 68 67 73 277
T50 John Huh -6 69 68 73 68 278
T50 Chris Naegel -6 71 67 72 68 278
T50 Tim Wilkinson -6 68 69 71 70 278
T50 Seung-yul Noh -6 69 69 70 70 278
T50 Spencer Levin -6 66 67 71 74 278
T55 Pat Perez -5 69 68 73 69 279
T55 Alex Cejka -5 67 71 72 69 279
T55 Michael Thompson -5 66 72 71 70 279
T55 Tyrone van Aswegen -5 66 70 72 71 279
T55 Derek Fathauer -5 71 65 70 73 279
T60 Ryan Armour -4 69 69 76 66 280
T60 Charles Howell III -4 64 72 74 70 280
T62 Sung Joon Park -3 68 70 74 69 281
T62 Cameron Percy -3 68 68 75 70 281
T62 Jonas Blixt -3 67 69 72 73 281
T65 Chez Reavie -2 69 68 77 68 282
T65 Glen Day -2 67 70 72 73 282
T67 Ken Duke -1 71 67 75 70 283
T67 David Hearn -1 68 70 75 70 283
T69 Greg Chalmers 2 68 70 75 73 286
T69 Boo Weekley 2 66 70 72 78 286
T69 Lee McCoy 2 67 71 78 70 286
T72 Ryo Ishikawa 3 69 68 77 73 287
T72 Harris English 3 69 69 77 72 287