Comparing Jordan Spieth in 2013 to Sergio Garcia in 1999
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Comparing Jordan Spieth in 2013 to Sergio Garcia in 1999

On Sunday, Jordan Spieth became the youngest winner in a PGA Tour-recognized event in 82 years by taking the John Deere Classic at 19 years, 11 month, 18 days.

For the Texan, it was his first pro win, but also his sixth top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season, tying him for fourth with Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar.

The $828,000 first-place check puts him over the $2 million mark on the year, bringing him to a tally of $2,034,179. That leaves him sitting at 17th on the PGA Tour money list.

Perhaps most potently, Spieth catapults to No. 58 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Needless to say, it's been an incredible first full season for Spieth. There hasn't been a teen to fare so well on the PGA Tour since 1999, back when Sergio Garcia truly took the world by storm, including taking Tiger Woods to the absolute limit at Medinah No. 3 in the PGA Championship.

That battle near Chicago took Garcia from 405th in the Official World Golf Ranking to 31st. Garcia ended the year at 12th in the ranking.

But that runner-up was just one of four top-10 efforts on the PGA Tour from El Nino 14 years ago. He finished T-3 at the Byron Nelson Championship and T-7 at both the WGC-NEC Invitational (now the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational) and WGC-American Express Championship.

In total, Garcia earned $784,917 for the year in 1999 dollars. Compare that to 2013 PGA Tour prize money, which is about double that from 1999, and Garcia's limited, 10-event season compares very well to Spieth, who has already played 17 times this year.

Add in that Garcia won twice on the European Tour, in the Irish Open and German Masters, as well as another runner-up finish at Loch Lomond, and the Spaniard had an outstanding, multi-continental season.

With the win, Spieth has a look at his second major of the year and is assured a trip to the PGA Championship at Oak Hill next month. Spieth missed the cut at Merion in the U.S. Open, which was the only major Garcia didn't play in 1999. He finished T-38 at the Masters and missed the cut at the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Spieth has five-and-a-half months and two majors left in the season to do more damage, but with a win in tow, the Texan may well come on to in the final analysis of these two landmark campaigns.

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