Sec­ond place OK for Spi­eth for the next two weeks

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(Reuters) - Jor­dan Spi­eth has said fin­ish­ing run­nerup over the next two weeks on the PGA Tour would suit him just fine.

The Bri­tish Open cham­pion is com­ing off two con­sec­u­tive run­ner-up fin­ishes, af­ter los­ing a play­off to Dustin John­son at the North­ern Trust and then fall­ing to Justin Thomas at the Dell Tech­nolo­gies Cham­pi­onship.

He tops the stand­ings in the sea­son-long points race go­ing into the fi­nal two events of the FedExCup play­offs, and a pair of sec­ond-plac­ings would crown him cham­pion and earn the $10 mil­lion bonus that goes with it, bar­ring an un­likely set of cir­cum­stances.

“On the PGA Tour I can’t call (fin­ish­ing sec­ond) a bad thing,” 2015 FedExCup cham­pion Spi­eth said on the eve of the BMW Cham­pi­onship at Conway Farms out­side Chicago.

“If I fin­ish run­ner-up this week I will (prob­a­bly) ac­com­plish the goal of be­ing num­ber one go­ing into East Lake.”

With three ma­jor ti­tles un­der his belt al­ready at 24, he ob­served that he had a chance for a very spe­cial ca­reer.

“If I have the year I have this year the next 15 years, I’ll be the great­est player to ever play the

game, if you judge it by ma­jor cham­pi­onships,” he said.

Thomas, mean­while, has a spring in his step, not only due to his last-start vic­tory, but also be­cause his south Florida home was not dam­aged by Hur­ri­cane Irma.

A five-times win­ner this sea­son, he has found a level where only a bad short game or an off week with the put­ter pre­vents him from con­tend­ing.

“I’m not mak­ing the stupid mis­takes the weeks I play well,” he said.

“I’ve been con­sis­tently driv­ing it bet­ter this year. I’m al­ways go­ing to be in con­tention if I’m chip­ping and putting well.”

Thomas had to va­cate his home last week due to a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion of his Jupiter, Florida neigh­bour­hood.

Be­fore do­ing so, he trans­ferred some valu­ables, in­clud­ing the PGA Cham­pi­onship Wana­maker Tro­phy, to a sturdy safe at his friend and ri­val Rickie Fowler’s house.

Jor­dan Spi­eth

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