Defending champion, Zach Johnson, fought a good fight for the win, but fell short after five playoff holes for the win.
Johnson, David Hearn, and Jordan Spieth were in a three-way tie at 19-under par at the end of Round four of the 2013 John Deere Classic.
Four playoff holes ended in unanimous pars, played on holes 18, 18, 16, and 17. A final playoff was played again on hole 18. All three golfers shot to the right of the fairway in an area obstructed by trees. Johnson’s second shot landed in the pool, giving Spieth the opportunity to pull-away.
Earlier in the tournament, after Round two, Johnson was in a three-way tie for first place with Lucas Glover and Patrick Reed. Daniel Summerhays surpassed those leaders in Round three, but fell to Johnson in the final round.
Johnson started the tournament at seven-under par after making seven birdies in Round one, where he was tied with Camilo Villegas for first. Round two was a quieter day for Johnson as he made five birdies. Round three had its ups and downs, as he started with an eagle on hole two, but hit two bogeys later on in the day.
Up until Round three, Johnson had a record of playing nine rounds in-a-row at TPC Deere Run’s course with no bogeys. Saturday broke that streak when he hit a bogey on the sixth hole.
Johnson has enjoyed nine career wins.