Jordan Spieth claims FedExCup with Tour Championship victory
Last Updated: 28/09/15 1:28pm
Jordan Spieth capped an unforgettable season in fitting style with victory in the Tour Championship to secure the FedExCup title and a massive payday in Atlanta.
Spieth knew a fifth win of the season at East Lake would guarantee him the overall title and the 22-year-old didn't disappoint, with a one-under 69 enough to secure a £7.5m payout, on top of the first prize of £977,000 for the Tour Championship win.
Not only did the American finish four shots clear of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Danny Lee, but victory also saw him leapfrog Jason Day and Rory McIlroy as world No 1.
Resuming one shot clear of the Swede, the Masters and US Open champion quickly doubled his advantage by holing a 20-foot birdie at the third but lost ground with back-to-back blemishes at the fifth and sixth.
A tap-in five at the fifth was followed by a first three-putt of the week at the next to move Spieth alongside Stenson, who opened with seven consecutive pars.
Spieth bounced back by sliding in a 20-foot putt at the eighth for the first of consecutive birdies to restore his two-shot cushion, as Stenson missed a seven foot par-save after finding trees off the tee.
It looked as though the Swede would reduce the gap to a single shot after leaving himself a tap-in for birdie on the par-five ninth, only for Spieth to hole from 18 feet.
The final pair both bogeyed the 10th before Spieth, who had described his short game as "magic" on Friday, produced more evidence to back up such claims.
With Stenson again within a few feet of the hole on the 11th, Spieth holed a curling birdie putt from 45 feet to maintain his two-shot cushion, Stenson somehow managing a wry smile and fist-bump with the American.
A bogey from Swede on the 12th had eased the pressure on Spieth, who crucially saved par on the 15th from eight feet after Stenson left his long birdie attempt inches short.
Stenson's miserable weekend was capped off by a dreaded shank on the 17th which resulted in a double-bogey six, although the 39-year-old did at least hole from almost 60 feet across the 18th green for a closing birdie.
Rose had been within two shots of the lead after racing to the turn in 31, only to hook his tee shot out of bounds on the 10th and run up a double bogey.
"The 10th tee shot was unfortunate," Rose said. "It was one of those moments where I did get disturbed out of my
routine. As I pulled the club back, someone was trying to quieten the crowd.
"I need to get a little stronger at blocking that stuff out, but when I was in my rhythm I kept hitting great shots and it was nice to do that on a Sunday."
Three birdies on the back nine saw Rose close a four-under 66, with Paul Casey alongside Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson, who produced a round-of-the-day 64, a further stroke back.
A frustrated McIlroy finished one over par after a 74 which featured a triple-bogey seven on the 17th, while Day missed out on FedExCup victory by ending the week in a tie for tenth.
"I'm still trying to work out how to come in to a week after a win with a lot of energy," Day told Sky Sports 4. "It was a pretty good play today and I can't be too disappointed with how I played."