THE KID KEEPS MAK­ING HIS­TORY

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Inside the Ropes -

or­dan Spi­eth rewrote the PGA Tour record books in 2015. In cap­tur­ing the Tour Cham­pi­onship, Spi­eth earned his fifth vic­tory of the sea­son, mak­ing him, at 22, the youngest quin­tu­ple win­ner in a sea­son since Hor­ton Smith in 1929. The Var­don Tro­phy for the year’s low­est scor­ing av­er­age will sit on Spi­eth’s man­tle, as will the money ti­tle, a sin­gle-sea­son PGA Tour record of just over $12 mil­lion (plus the $10 mil­lion FedEx Cup bonus). The on-course amount nearly equals what Spi­eth’s off-course earn­ings were es­ti­mated to be af­ter win­ning the Masters ($25 mil­lion). How­ever, he is now ex­pected to make $50 mil­lion off the course.

On top of that, Spi­eth re­gained the No 1 po­si­tion in the World Rank­ing af­ter a month of play­ing hot potato with Ja­son Day and Rory McIl­roy. Yet, Spi­eth’s 2015 will be most re­mem­bered for com­ing closer to the pro­fes­sional cal­en­dar Grand Slam than any player ever. Af­ter win­ning the Masters and US Open, he fin­ished one stroke out of a play­off at St An­drews and sec­ond at the PGA. Through­out, Spi­eth left his dis­tinct sig­na­ture: skilled but dogged, in­tense but re­lat­able. Above all, clutch.

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