Tour Championship, FedEx Cup Winner, World’s No. 1 Golfer, Jordan Spieth


Tour Championship, FedEx Cup Winner, World’s No. 1 Golfer, Jordan Spieth

By Burt Carey

At just 22 years of age, Jordan Spieth is professional golf’s first $22 million man.

That’s what happens when a player wins five tournaments in a year, including two majors, the PGA Tour championship and the FedEx Cup.

Jordan Spieth, World’s No. 1 Golfer, Golf, PGA Player of the Year, FedEx Cup, Open ChampionshipWhen he sank his par putt on No. 18 at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club this past Sunday to finish at 9-under par 271, Spieth became the youngest player in 86 years to win five tournaments in a season. Horton Smith, a two-time Masters champion and winner of 32 PGA Tour events, won eight tournaments in 1929 when he was just 21 years old.

After winning the Masters in Augusta and the U.S. Open at a tricky Chambers Bay, Spieth gave serious chase to the Grand Slam only to come up a shot short of a playoff at the Open Championship. He finished second to a red-hot Jason Day at the PGA Championship. He joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to have finished no worse than fourth at all four modern majors in a given year.

Spieth’s wins also propelled him to another record: most money won during a season. He took home $12,030,465, bettering Vijay Singh’s $10.9 million earned in 2004. And there’s a FedEx Cup bonus of $10 million coming his way, as well, making him golf’s first $22 million man.

He won the Vardon Trophy for recording the year’s lowest scoring average: 68.938. Spieth ranked first on tour in one-putts per round, and second in percentage of putts made from 15 to 25 feet.

He’s first in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Oh, and on Monday Spieth was named the PGA Player of the Year.

Not bad for a guy who missed the cuts in two of the four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments. What was the difference? He prepared for the Tour Championship at East Lake like it was important.

“We approached Atlanta like a major championship,” Spieth said. “The whole year has been about majors and I consider this to be a fifth one at the end. I said in New York (before The Barclays), ‘Everything now is to prepare to peak in Atlanta.’”

He was the first to arrive in Atlanta, and he and caddy Michael Greller met with swing instructor Cameron McCormick of Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. After some adjustment to his putting game, Spieth struck out to test Bobby Jones’ home course, taking notice that none of the other 27 players scheduled to compete there were anywhere in sight.

Strike up a mental victory for Team Spieth. Only there’s more to his team than a swing coach and a caddy. It’s his family, girlfriend, fitness instructor, and a loyal group of Jesuit prep classmates who keep this walking golf highlight reel grounded. It helps that Spieth is one of the most humble professional athletes anywhere.


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle