Spieth takes TOUR Championship, FedEx Cup

| September 28, 2015

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Chip Harp, Valdosta Today

ATLANTA — In what turned out to be a 2-day match play event between 2013 Tour Champion Henrik Stenson and 2015 double-major champion Jordan Spieth, Spieth took charge Sunday to win what he called the “fifth major” of the year.

“Unreal. This year was unreal. I don’t know how we sit down and figure out how to improve on it, but we are going to try to do that,” Spieth said in assessing what has turned out to me an amazing year.

Spieth shot a final round 69 to open a 4 shot gap over Stenson down the stretch at the legendary East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to win the 2015 TOUR Championship.  Better, the win means Spieth wins the Fed Ex Cup, signifying the season champion and the $10 million check that goes with it.  In fact, Spieth breaks the PGA TOUR record for most money won in a season with $12,030,465. Vijay Singh (2004) held the previous record with $10,905,166.

Spieth entered the week No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings and becomes the youngest winner of the FedEx Cup and of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at the age of 22 years, 2 months.  Spieth claims his sixth PGA TOUR win in his 83rd PGA TOUR start.

Here’s what Spieth had to say after his win Sunday (courtesy John Clark of Georgia News Network):

The tough conditions on Saturday may have been the turning point.  Rain hampered play all day, and though the course was in incredible condition, it forced the players to play with patience.  Spieth seemed to come through Saturday with more momentum and it showed late Sunday, as the back nine at the fabled course seemed to suck the life out of Stenson.

A short shot on the par 4 12th hole forced Stenson into a bogey, which opened up a 3-shot lead for Spieth.  Stenson continued to struggle through the rest of the back 9, shanking his shot on 17 which confirmed Spieth’s win.

As NBC commentator and golf hall of famer Johnny Miller said, “You just got to keep reminding yourself this guy is 22 years old.”

 

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