Becoming a Masters Tournament champion, taking a U.S. Open title, and now a massive payday to end the year as PGA Tour champion.
That would be Jordan Spieth’s breakthrough 2015 campaign, one that’s cemented him in the upper echelon of golfers worldwide.
PGA Tour fans knew Spieth had talent – he’d finished in the top 25 of the FedEx Cup in 2013 and 2014, and carded 17 top-10 finishes in those two seasons. But even he didn’t expect to tie Tiger Woods’ 72-hole Masters record, and ensure he’ll have a lifetime invitation to play at Augusta National Golf Club in early April.
The real drama came after Spieth backed it up with a win at the 2015 U.S. Open, a crazy finish unto itself. Entering the British Open, even casual fans were drawn in as Spieth took aim at completing the first three legs of golf’s Grand Slam – a feat not seen in modern golf history, and only done by Bobby Jones before the Masters Tournament existed. Tiger Woods has won four majors in a row, but it was done over the course of two years.
Spieth finished mere stroked behind the leaders in a tie for fourth, but it did little to take the shine off of his banner year. A few statistics:
- Five victories, including two majors and the FedEx Cup season finale
- He made the cut in 21 tournaments, and finished in the top 25 in 19 of them
- 15 top-10 finishes on the season
- Failed to finish outside the top 5 in any major championship
- Finished ranked first in the Official World Golf Rankings
- Ranked first in scoring average, putting average, and par 4 scoring average.
Congratulations to the 2015 FedEx Cup winner, Jordan Spieth! We can’t wait to see you defend your Green Jacket at the 2016 Masters Tournament!