Great Finish To a Great Season for Jordan Spieth

By: Jacob G.

Jordan Spieth had more points than anyone this season at the end of the 2014-15 PGA Tour Season, winning the FedEx Cup, and a bonus of $10,000,000.

This is a summary of his season before the FedEx Cup playoffs: Jordan won his 1st event of the season with a win at the Valspar Championship in March, and followed that up with two consecutive 2nd place finishes in two tournaments in his home-state of Texas. That got him ready for the Masters in April, which he won in record setting-fashion, tying the lowest score at -18. In June, Spieth won his 2nd major of the year, when Dustin Johnson three-putted to give him the win. In the next tournament, he won the John Deere Classic for the second time in his career. After two more top five finishes in the two remaining majors this year, Jordan sat in first place in the FedEx Cup standings.

In every regular PGA Tour event, the five hundred gets 500 points, while additional points are distributed all the way down to players that finish in 85th. In FedEx Cup Playoff events, however, the points are quadrupled, meaning the winner of each of the four events would get 2000 points. Also, after each tournament a certain number of players were eliminated.

Going into the playoffs, Jordan Spieth had the lead with 4,169, and had more than 1,500 points than second place, Australian, Jason Day. In third place was powerhouse, Bubba Watson, followed respectively by Jimmy Walker and Justin Rose.

The first event of the FedEx Cup was The Barclays, in which Jason Day won by 6 strokes over Swede, Henrik Stenson. Day shot back-to-back 68s, before shooting a 63 and a 62, for a total score of -19, to give him not only the win, but also putting him in  1st place in the FedEx Cup Standings. Jordan Spieth shot 74 and 73 and missed the cut for only the third time this year, and that dropped him into 2nd in the FedEx Cup Standings and also in the world.

The next event had Henrik Stenson put his tee-shot on the 16th hole into the water in the final round, which gave Rickie Fowler not only the lead, but what would be the tournament. Fowler shot three 67s in a row, before getting a 68, which would be enough, while he moved to 3rd in the FedEx Cup standings. Jordan Spieth, however, missed the cut for the second straight week for the first time in his career, after he shot a 75 and 73.

Jordan said this about his recent slumps:

“I don’t feel that my game is far off, even though my score is far off,” said Spieth. “It’s just weird. It’s like a dream.”

A small consolation for Spieth was that he moved back to world number one, while he remained number two in the FedEx Cup Standings.

The second-last event of the season at the BMW Championship, gave Jason day his 3rd win in his last four starts. Shooting -22, after shooting a PGA Tour record tying-low, 124, helped him do so. Spieth made the cut for this tournament, as he shot – 11 under par, tying him for 13th. The rest of the leaderboard was made up of big names such as Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy, and Henrik Stenson made the top 10.

The final PGA Tour event of the season featured the 30 best players over the course of the season. With the PGA Tour’s new re-seeding system, it gave any player the opportunity to win the FedEx Cup including,Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson as they were respectively ranked one to five going into the final tournament, and if one of those players won the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola, they would win the FedEx Cup and the bonus prize of $10,000,000!

Jordan Spieth was off to a solid start in East Lake shooting an opening round 68, (two under), and after two rounds he was at -6, and was three back of Stenson for first. Spieth roared back with a 68, while Stenson shot a 72, giving Spieth the one-stroke lead going into the final round, where Spieth prevailed shooting a 69, winning the $10,000,000 and was pronounced the youngest FedEx Cup Champion. Stenson shot a 72, giving him his 3rd 2nd-place finish in his last four tournaments, and also gave him 2nd in the FedEx Cup standings.

Stenson stated this about Spieth:

“It’s been a phenomenal year for him. I watched it firsthand at the first two rounds at Augusta, and he played phenomenal and putted phenomenal. And it was the same putting display, really, today — just an exhibition on the greens, to be honest.”

With the win, Jordan Spieth went back to world number one, won PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year, and the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Trophy, for the best scoring average. He also was the PGA Tour leading money winner, winning over $12,000,000 USD in tournaments, plus a bonus of $10,000,000 for a total of over $22,000,000, for the richest season in PGA Tour history.

This is a career year for Spieth, with two majors won, two tournaments won, and the final FedEx Cup playoff event of the season. The craziest thing about all of this: he’s only 22 years old. Watch out for Jordan Spieth, for the best may be yet to come!

JS

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