WITH a red hot putter Jordan Spieth swept all before him to take the 2015 FedEx Cup, the Tour Championship, and just about everything else to end one of the best, and certainly the richest ever US PGA Tour season.
The 22 year old Texan became the first golfer to win more the US$22 million in a season.
His four stroke victory at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Sunday also saw him reclaim golf’s number one ranking from Australia’s Jason Day.
Henrik Stenson looked like the one to beat early on after his opening round 7-under 63 but Spieth blew him away in the final round, best exemplified on 9 and 11 where the Swede put his approach within inches of the holes, only to have the American roll in birdie putts from long range, one from 45 foot. It left Stenson wryly shaking his head and after a shank on 17, he was one gutted golfer.
Spieth is a certainty to be named Player of the Year after winning the US Masters, US Open, finishing T4 at the British Open and 2nd at the US PGA, and winning three other events, including now the Tour Championship.
He missed the cut in the first two FedEx Cup playoff but certainly stuck to his word saying he would be back on track for the final two.
“We didn’t have a great playoffs,” Spieth said. “But we put a lot of work into this week. I was out here early Monday morning. We approached it as if it was a major and mentally we stayed in it, even though I didn’t have my best ball striking, [but] boy that putter sure paid off.”
Spieth, the youngest player in the field, again demonstrated his maturity on the course and who knows how good his future will be.
“This year’s unreal,” he said. “It’s fantastic. I have an opportunity now, with a year like this and a bonus like that, to celebrate and to share it with the people that have made it possible. And that’s kind of the plan. Our team did an unbelievable job this year. Everything was exactly how we needed it to be to peak at the right times. If we can continue to do that, then we’ll have more seasons like this.”
As for Jason Day, he started the championship with three straight birdies but after a triple bogey on his 5th hole never really regained momentum.
He closed with a 2-under 68 to finish tied for 10th on 2-under, seven strokes behind Spieth (69). He finished third in the FedEx Cup behind Spieth and Stenson.
Steven Bowditch finished on a positive note with a birdie on the last to close on even tied for 12th in his first playoff series. He was 2oth in the cup.
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