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The 10 best golf moments of 2013: No. 6, Jordan Spieth’s win at the John Deere

Shane Bacon
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Over the next 10 days, until we get to the New Year, we will be rolling out the top-10 best golf moments of 2013. After much deliberation and debate, we picked what we thought were the 10 moments you will remember about this season a decade from now. We continue with No. 6 and Jordan Spieth. (No. 10 is right here, No. 9 is here, No. 8 is here, No. 7 is here)

No matter what you think, this game is built for youth. Kids can swing without pain, putt without bad thoughts and simply just go low without any hesitation. The older you get, the more you think about all the things bad you've done when playing this course or that hole, but youngsters simply don't care about that.

Welcome Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old American that swings like his age and acts like he's 40, and on one Sunday in the summer, won like a seasoned veteran.

Playing the John Deere Classic, Spieth shot a third round 65 to get himself into contention, but still had a major winner to overcome in Zach Johnson and needed an 18th hole birdie on Sunday to even give himself a chance.

Spieth missed his second shot in the greenside bunker, and facing a tough shot to a pin guarded by water, he hit it a little harder than he probably wanted but the flagstick can hurt at times (see Tiger Woods at the Masters) and help others, and this was one of those helpful times.

Spieth's ball caught the stick, dropped in for the birdie and a second consecutive 65, but his day was far from over.

The former University of Texas standout needed five playoff holes against Johnson and David Hearn to win his first PGA Tour event, but he was able to outlast both veterans and not only earned a two-year exemption on tour, but the hearts of plenty of golf fans around the world.

Spieth's year continued with a playoff loss to Patrick Reed at the Wyndham Championship, a T-4 at the Deutsche Bank Championship and a T-2 at the Tour Championship, a run that was so impressive that Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples picked Spieth to his team with a captain's pick.

Not a bad year for a guy that started his season as a teenager without any real status on the PGA Tour.

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