THE KID KEEPS MAKING HISTORY
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.