By Jay Betsill
Jordan Spieth capped off one of the greatest seasons in PGA Tour history by winning the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. The 22-year-old Dallas resident became golf’s first $22 million man with just over $12 million in prize money and the $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
“This is incredible,” Spieth said. “This is an event where we approach it like a major championship because we know this is possible at the end of it.”
Spieth’s fifth win of the year, a 4-shot victory over Henrik Stenson, Danny Lee and Justin Rose put him back at No. 1 in the world rankings. Spieth also won two PGA Tour events, the Masters and U.S. Open, missed a playoff by one shot at the British Open in his spirited run for the Grand Slam and was runner-up at the PGA.
Stenson, who led the Tour Championship for the first 35 holes, made a 57-foot birdie putt to move into second place in the FedEx Cup standings.
“I came here wishing for a little bit better than what I left with,” Stenson said.
Jason Day, who came into the week No. 1 after dominating the FedEx Cup playoffs with wins at the BMW Championship and The Barclays, finished in a tie for 10th at 2-under in the tournament and finished third in the FedEx Cup standings.
Rickie Fowler, winner of The Players Championship in May and the Deutsche Bank Championship playoff event, finished fourth. Bubba Watson rounded out the top five.
The next big event is the President’s Cup, Oct. 8-11 at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.