The 22-year-old putts his way to victory and with his victory also claims the FedEx Cup.
A fine display with his flat stick enabled Jordan Spieth to win the 2015 Tour Championship and with it the FedEx Cup.
This year’s US Masters and US Open champion had a one-shot lead over nearest challenger Henrik Stenson going into the final day. Halfway through his final round he had pulled two shots ahead after bogeys at the 5th and 6th had been outnumbered by birdies on the 2nd, 8th and 9th.
The birdie on 8 was from 20ft and on 9 it was from 18ft. His final birdie of the round came on 11, where he sunk a 45ft putt. Sportingly, Stenson gave him a fist pump after this particular effort.
When Stenson shanked on the 17th fairway and made double bogey he dropped three shots behind Spieth. It also dropped him into a four-way tie for fourth and moved him to third in the FedEx Cup. But he sunk a 60ft birdie putt on the last hole to tie for second and to finish second in the FedEx Cup.
Danny Lee (65) and Justin Rose (66) tied with Stenson in second place in the Tour Championship.
For Stenson, it was his third runner-up finish in the FedEx Cup play-offs, and his fifth runner-up finish this year, a year in which he is yet to win.
Four talking points from The Tour Championship:
1. Jason Day had entered the tournament as World No 1 and top of the season-long points list following four wins in his last six starts. Spieth in contrast had missed the cut in two of his last three tournaments. But rounds of 69, 71, 70 & 68 left Day in tenth. His second round 71, was only the second over-par round Day had posted in his past 30 rounds.
2. With Jason Day not finishing within the top 5, Spieth now goes back to World No 1.
3. Spieth has broken the record for most money won in a season – $12,030,465. Plus he gets a $10 million bonus for winning the FedEx Cup.
4. Henrik Stenson started the tournament fourth in the FedEx Cup and would have won it with victory here. He was one of five players who teed it up knowing that taking the Tour Championship would automatically give them the FedEx Cup as well.
He looked on course at the halfway stage after rounds of 63 and 68 took him three clear of the field, with Spieth the closest challenger.
But Stenson shot 72 on Saturday and when Spieth ended his third round with a 20ft birdie that took him into the outright overnight lead by a shot from Stenson. Not that Spieth knew it: “I thought we were tied,” he confessed. “I didn’t realise I was leading until about 20 minutes after I finished and someone mentioned it.”
2015 Tour Championship by Coca-Cola
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
September 24-27, 2015
Purse: $8,250,000, par 70
1 Jordan Spieth 68 66 68 69 271 $1,485,000
T2 Henrik Stenson 63 68 72 72 275 $618,750
T2 Danny Lee 69 72 69 65 275 $618,750
T2 Justin Rose 70 68 71 66 275 $618,750
T5 Dustin Johnson 69 72 71 64 276 $302,500
T5 Bubba Watson 70 71 68 67 276 $302,500
T5 Paul Casey 65 70 71 70 276 $302,500
T8 JB Holmes 68 72 68 69 277 $255,750
T8 Zach Johnson 66 70 71 70 277 $255,750
T10 Matt Kuchar 71 70 69 68 278 $228,525
T10 Jason Day 69 71 70 68 278 $228,525
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage