By: Brendan Burris ~Staff Writer~
When 22-year-old Jordan Spieth made par on the 18th hole at East Lake Golf Club to win both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, golf fans around the world rejoiced at one of the greatest seasons in modern golf history. Along with an $11.5 million payout for winning this past Sunday, Spieth climbs back to being the No. 1 player in the world, will likely win the PGA Tour’s player of the year and caps off the most lucrative on-course year in golf history with over $22 million in on-course winnings.
As early as 2011, when he became the only golfer in history to win two U.S. Junior Amateur Championships, golf fans knew that Spieth was going to be something special. He turned pro in 2012 and won his first tournament, the 2013 John Deere Classic, before he turned 20 years old. In his first career Masters Tournament, where almost all players struggle to read greens and understand the bounces of the famous Augusta National, he played in the final group on Sunday and finished in second place to two-time champion Bubba Watson.
Even with all this, nobody could predict what we would see from Spieth in 2015. It started at Augusta in April, where an opening round eightunder- par score of 64 gave him the lead. He never gave it up, at one point setting a Masters scoring record and becoming the second youngest player to ever win the tournament.
Then, at the U.S. Open, with steady play and some help from others he gained his second major of the year and became only the sixth player in history to win both of the first two majors in a season. His stellar season wrapped up at the Tour Championship, where a win would net him the season long FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.
Throughout the week, Spieth couldn’t miss with his putter, the club that led him through his incredible season and pushed him to a four-shot victory. “It’s the greatest season I’ve ever had, obviously,” Spieth said.
“But it’s one where I believe we took our game on-course and off course to a level that I didn’t think would be possible at different times in my life.” With players like Spieth, Rory Mcilroy, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Watson and Justin Rose, the future of golf is bright.