GULLANE, Scotland – Although it feels like Jordan Spieth’s playoff victory on Sunday at the John Deere Classic was the end to a long and amazing road, his dash to an airport near TPC Deere Run proved it is just the beginning.
The victory earned Spieth full PGA Tour membership, a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs (he jumped to 11th on the season-long points list) and the 2014 Masters, and full consideration as a possible member of this year’s U.S. Presidents Cup team (he moved to 37th on the points list).
His immediate concern, however, was making the charter flight bound for Scotland and this week’s Open Championship, which his victory also made possible.
Last Wednesday, Spieth’s manager had his passport sent to him in Silvis, Ill., in case he earned one of the final spots at Muirfield via a victory, and the 19-year-old was whisked to the airport late Sunday to catch the Deere charter, which was delayed about 45 minutes because of the playoff.
According to his manager Jay Danzi, Spieth went to a hotel in Edinburgh on Monday to rest and will move into a house near Muirfield on Tuesday.
Although Spieth’s schedule will be dramatically altered with the victory, in the short term he is looking at starts this week, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship and at least the first three playoff events.