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Kenny Perry celebrates on the 18th green Sunday after winning the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska.
Kenny Perry celebrates on the 18th green Sunday after winning the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Omaha Country Club in Nebraska. Nati Harnik/AP photo

Teenager Spieth is youngest PGA winner in 82 years

Jordan Spieth can say that he's accomplished something that Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy never did.

Spieth won a PGA Tour event as a teenager - and now he's joining all those stars at next week's British Open.

The 19-year-old outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic Sunday at Silvis, Ill., becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.

Spieth, who doesn't turn 20 for another two weeks, hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in the field at Muirfield. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.

Spieth started the day six shots behind third-round leader Daniel Summerhays. But he forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.

Spieth, Hearn and Johnson then made par on the first four playoff holes, but Spieth made another par to stave off Johnson and Hearn on the fifth.

Johnson, the defending champion at Deere Run, seized control midway through the final round of regulation, but he simply couldn't get enough birdies to put the field away, and his uncharacteristic bogey on No. 18 set up a three-man playoff.

All three players had their chances to make a playoff-ending shot - with Johnson narrowly missing from the back of the green on a chip shot that clipped the cup on the first playoff hole.

Spieth, Hearn and Johnson all went right on their final tee shot. Spieth scrambled out of the rough, though, finding the back of the green to save par and win his first PGA Tour event.

Woods, Mickelson and McIlroy were all 20 when they picked up their first victories.

Kenny Perry shoots 63 to win U.S. Senior Open

Kenny Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Perry shot a final-round 63 at the Omaha Country Club and won his second straight senior major by five strokes over Fred Funk. He set two tournament records over the last 36 holes - for the 64-63 finish and for the size of deficit he overcame.

The 52-year-old Kentuckian started Sunday two shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.

Perry's 63 matched Allen's Friday score for best round of the tournament and was the best ever in a U.S. Senior Open final round. He finished with a 13-under 267, tying the tournament record Hale Irwin set in 2000 at Saucon Valley in Pennsylvania.

Rocco Mediate used three straight birdies on the back nine to get within two shots of Perry. But Perry birdied Nos. 14 and 15, Mediate bogeyed 16, and Perry's lead was five shots.

Perry made par over the last three holes to finish the biggest win of his career. He got a pat on the back from Allen as he walked off the 17th green. A wide smile crossed his face as he tapped in for par on 18. He dropped his putter, raised both arms and waved his visor to the gallery.

The victory established Perry as the hottest thing going in senior golf. He's the ninth player to win consecutive senior majors.

On the regular tour, Perry was best known for collapses in the 2009 Masters and 1996 PGA Championship. Those memories haunted him again in May when he squandered a three-shot lead with six holes to play in the Senior PGA Championship and lost by two to Kohki Idoki.

Hee Young Park wins Canada LPGA event in playoff

South Korea's Hee Young Park beat American Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic at Waterloo, Ontario.

Park reached the green on the par-5, 471-yard deciding hole in two shots and two-putted for her second career LPGA victory. Stanford needed three shots to get on the back fringe and her long birdie putt ended up a few feet short.

Both players birdied the final hole of regulation at Grey Silo Golf Course to sit tied at 26-under 258. Stanford closed with a 7-under 64 while Park, who led after the third round, had a 65.

The birdie run continued for the first two playoff holes before Park ended the drama on a hot, hazy afternoon in southwestern Ontario.

Catriona Matthew of Scotland (66) was alone in third place at 23 under. South Korea's Inbee Park (68) finished well back at 16 under.

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