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Jordan Spieth Claims TOUR Championship, Reclaims World Number 1, Wins FedExCup; 2014-15 PGA Tour Season Recap

Updated on September 27, 2015
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Not so fast, Jason Day. While Jordan Spieth himself didn't come out and say this directly, his win on Sunday certainly did the talking for him. A four-shot victory at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta capped off one of the most incredible, and officially the most lucrative, seasons in PGA Tour history. Not only did Spieth win the tournament, he also won the FedExCup title and reclaimed the number one spot the Official World Golf Rankings, leapfrogging Rory McIlroy and Day, who had been having a dream season of his own. The 27-year-old Australian, with five victories this season, including a major championship win at the PGA Championship, and two victories in the FedExCup Playoffs (The Barclays and BMW Championship) had put himself in the conversation for Player of the Year honors, but Spieth shut down that talk on Sunday, matching Day with his fifth win of the year and setting himself up to receive every award that golf has to offer. Let's take a look at exactly what Sunday's victory meant for Jordan Spieth.

-At 22 years old, he's the youngest to ever win the TOUR Championship.

-In its nine-year history, he's the youngest to win the FedExCup.

-He's the youngest ever to have five wins in a season.

-The $1.485 million dollar first-place check at the TOUR Championship took him to $12,030,465 for the season, a new PGA Tour record. And that doesn't even include the 10-million dollar bonus for winning the FedExCup.

-When the new rankings come out on Monday morning, he'll be back to number one in the world.

-With a 68.911 scoring average, he wins the Vardon Trophy for the lowest average on tour.

While Jason Day became the story towards the end of this first wrap-around season on the PGA Tour, winning four of his last seven starts, the 2014-15 season ultimately belonged to Jordan Spieth. He won the Masters in historic fashion, followed up with a win at the US Open at Chambers Bay, finished one stroke out of the playoff at St. Andrews, and was the runner-up at the PGA Championship to Day. He also had wins at the Valspar Championship, the John Deere Classic, and of course, Sunday's win at East Lake.

He entered Sunday with a one-stroke lead on Henrik Stenson, the talented Swede who was looking to join Tiger Woods as the only two-time FedExCup champion, and was actually tied with Stenson after a three-putt bogey on the sixth hole, his second in a row. But the rest of the day became what we've come to expect from the 22-year-old, as he played solid golf and let the other contenders collapse around him. He holed a birdie putt on 8 as Stenson bogeyed the hole, and made a long birdie putt on 11 that even Stenson himself had to acknowledge with a fist bump. Stenson said afterwards that it is "fun to watch" and he just couldn't make up any ground when Spieth is playing like that.

The rest of the golf world would have to agree.


The 2014-15 PGA Tour season was definitely one for the ages. The top three players in the world, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy are primed to give the golf world an era similar to what Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player gave to this great sport, winning a combined twelve tournaments, including three majors, and 33 top 10 finishes. And let's not forget about Rickie Fowler, who had two big wins of his own at THE PLAYERS and a playoff victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The youth movement is here to stay. In fact, when Jim Furyk withdrew from the TOUR Championship, the final tournament of the year did not have a player in his 40's. Sure, we were given some nostalgia this season with a win from Furyk and a very unlikely victory from Davis Love III, but the older generation has been put on notice. Phil Mickelson had only three top tens, and Tiger Woods....well, that's just another story, isn't it?

In total, 259 players gained at least one point in the FedExCup standings this season. Here's a full breakdown of every single one of those players, including points, wins, and top tens.

(The top 30 in bold are those who qualified for the TOUR Championship. Their FedExCup points were reset after the BMW Championship.)

1. Jordan Spieth: 3800 points, 5 wins (Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, TOUR Championship), 15 top 10’s

2. Henrik Stenson: 2307 points, 8 top 10’s

3. Jason Day: 2290 points, 5 wins (Farmers Insurance Open, RBC Canadian Open, PGA Championship, The Barclays, BMW Championship), 11 top 10’s

4. Rickie Fowler: 1838 points, 2 wins (THE PLAYERS Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship), 7 top 10’s

5. Bubba Watson: 1680 points, 2 wins (WGC-HSBC Champions, Travelers Championship), 10 top 10’s

6. Zach Johnson: 1450 points, 1 win (The Open Championship), 10 top 10’s

7. Dustin Johnson: 1360 points, 1 win (WGC-Cadillac Championship), 11 top 10’s

8. Justin Rose: 1235 points, 1 win (Zurich Classic of New Orleans), 8 top 10’s

9. Danny Lee: 1123 points, 1 win (The Greenbrier Classic), 8 top 10’s

10. Charley Hoffman: 992 points, 1 win (OHL Classic at Mayakoba), 7 top 10’s

11. Daniel Berger: 878 points, 6 top 10’s

12. Patrick Reed: 656 points, 1 win (Hyundai Tournament of Champions), 4 top 10’s

13. Paul Casey: 632 points, 8 top 10’s

14. J.B. Holmes: 618 points, 1 win (Shell Houston Open), 7 top 10’s

15. Rory McIlroy: 602 points, 2 wins (WGC-Cadillac Match Play, Wells Fargo Championship), 7 top 10’s

T16. Hideki Matsuyama: 558 points, 9 top 10’s

T16. Jimmy Walker: 558 points, 2 wins (Sony Open in Hawaii, Valero Texas Open), 6 top 10’s

18. Robert Streb: 542 points, 1 win (The McGladrey Classic), 9 top 10’s

19. Matt Kuchar: 530 points, 7 top 10’s

20. Steven Bowditch: 454 points, 1 win (AT&T Byron Nelson), 2 top 10’s

21. Kevin Kisner: 444 points, 6 top 10’s

22. Scott Piercy: 432 points, 1 win (Barbasol Championship), 5 top 10’s

23. Brandt Snedeker: 416 points, 1 win (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am), 8 top 10’s

24. Brooks Koepka: 414 points, 1 win (Waste Management Phoenix Open), 8 top 10’s

25. Kevin Na: 410 points, 7 top 10’s

26. Sangmoon Bae: 390 points, 1 win (Frys.com Open), 5 top 10’s

27. Bill Haas: 380 points, 1 win (Humana Challenge), 5 top 10’s

28. Harris English: 360 points, 3 top 10’s

29. Jim Furyk: 304 points, 1 win (RBC Heritage), 7 top 10’s

30. Louis Oosthuizen: 176 points, 6 top 10’s

31. Daniel Summerhays: 1501 points, 5 top 10’s

32. Justin Thomas: 1498 points, 7 top 10’s

33. Matt Jones: 1445 points, 4 top 10’s

34. Russell Knox: 1435 points, 3 top 10’s

35. Ben Martin: 1417 points, 1 win (Shriners Hospital for Children Open), 5 top 10’s

36. Cameron Tringale: 1390 points, 3 top 10’s

37. David Lingmerth: 1387 points, 1 win (The Memorial Tournament), 4 top 10’s

38. Ryan Palmer: 1386 points, 5 top 10’s

39. Ryan Moore: 1374 points, 1 win (CIMB Classic), 4 top 10’s

40. Jason Bohn: 1373 points, 6 top 10’s

41. Gary Woodland: 1300 points, 4 top 10’s

42. Sean O’Hair: 1293 points, 3 top 10’s

43. Tony Finau: 1293 points, 5 top 10’s

44. Chris Kirk: 1291 points, 1 win (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial), 3 top 10’s

45. Pat Perez: 1287 points, 2 top 10’s

46. Brendon Todd: 1279 points, 4 top 10’s

47. Brendon de Jonge: 1228 points, 3 top 10’s

48. Webb Simpson: 1213 points, 5 top 10’s

49. Hunter Mahan: 1208 points, 4 top 10’s

50. Brendan Steele: 1204 points, 4 top 10’s

51. James Hahn: 1202 points, 1 win (Northern Trust Open), 2 top 10’s

52. Kevin Chappell: 1186 points, 2 top 10’s

53. Sergio Garcia: 1177 points, 4 top 10’s

54. Shawn Stefani: 1171 points, 3 top 10’s

55. David Hearn: 1152 points, 4 top 10’s

56. Troy Merritt: 1148 points, 1 win (Quicken Loans National), 3 top 10’s

57. Brian Harman: 1135 points, 3 top 10’s

58. Nick Watney: 1135 points, 3 top 10’s

59. Zac Blair: 1126 points, 2 top 10’s

60. Keegan Bradley: 1103 points, 3 top 10’s

61. Phil Mickelson: 1091 points, 3 top 10’s

62. George McNeill: 1086 points, 1 top 10

63. Russell Henley: 1072 points, 4 top 10’s

64. Fabian Gomez: 1069 points, 1 win (FedEx St. Jude Classic), 2 top 10’s

65. Rory Sabbatini: 1064 points, 4 top 10’s

66. Billy Horschel: 1051 points, 2 top 10’s

67. Ian Poulter: 981 points, 4 top 10’s

68. Jerry Kelly: 966 points, 4 top 10’s

69. William McGirt: 955 points, 1 top 10

70. Bryce Molder: 875 points, 2 top 10’s

71. Alex Cejka: 859 points, 1 win (Puerto Rico Open), 1 top 10

72. Marc Leishman: 854 points, 4 top 10’s

73. John Senden: 848 points, 3 top 10’s

74. Jim Herman: 840 points, 2 top 10’s

75. Kevin Streelman: 840 points, 2 top 10’s

76. Boo Weekley: 830 points, 6 top 10’s

77. Carl Pettersson: 809 points, 3 top 10’s

78. Kyle Reifers: 804 points, 2 top 10’s

79. Charles Howell III: 792 points, 3 top 10’s

80. Luke Donald: 782 points, 2 top 10’s

81. Hudson Swafford: 776 points, 1 top 10

82. Spencer Levin: 764 points, 1 top 10

83. Scott Pinckney: 761 points, 3 top 10’s

84. Camilo Villegas: 757 points

85. Morgan Hoffmann: 749 points, 2 top 10’s

86. Davis Love III: 735 points, 1 win (Wyndham Championship), 2 top 10’s

87. Johnson Wagner: 733 points, 3 top 10’s

88. Jason Dufner: 730 points, 2 top 10’s

89. Matt Every: 727 points, 1 win (Arnold Palmer Invitational), 1 top 10

90. J.J. Henry: 716 points, 1 win (Barracuda Championship), 1 top 10

91. Colt Knost: 714 points, 4 top 10’s

92. Jason Gore: 712 points, 2 top 10’s

93. Carlos Ortiz: 711 points, 1 top 10

94. Scott Brown: 696 points, 3 top 10’s

95. Mark Wilson: 681 points, 3 top 10’s

96. Chad Campbell: 670 points, 2 top 10’s

97. Will Wilcox: 649 points, 4 top 10’s

98. Chesson Hadley: 630 points, 3 top 10’s

99. Martin Laird: 628 points, 3 top 10’s

100. Jason Kokrak: 614 points, 2 top 10’s

101. Nick Taylor: 613 points, 1 win (Sanderson Farms Championship), 1 top 10

102. Stewart Cink: 612 points, 1 top 10

103. Padraig Harrington: 610 points, 1 win (The Honda Classic), 1 top 10

104. Greg Owen: 608 points, 2 top 10’s

105. John Peterson: 588 points

106. Adam Scott: 585 points, 3 top 10’s

107. Adam Hadwin: 584 points, 3 top 10’s

108. Charl Schwartzel: 584 points, 3 top 10’s

109. Lee Westwood: 576 points, 1 top 10

110. John Huh: 565 points

111. Francesco Molinari: 558 points, 2 top 10’s

112. Graham DeLaet: 545 points, 3 top 10’s

113. Jon Curran: 540 points, 5 top 10’s

114. Steve Wheatcroft: 536 points, 2 top 10’s

115. Andres Gonzales: 531 points, 3 top 10’s

116. Chris Stroud: 531 points, 2 top 10’s

117. Ken Duke: 523 points, 3 top 10’s

118. Retief Goosen: 519 points, 3 top 10’s

119. Vijay Singh: 508 points, 1 top 10

120. Chad Collins: 504 points, 1 top 10

121. Tim Clark: 481 points, 1 top 10

122. Ryo Ishikawa: 476 points, 2 top 10’s

123. Jonas Blixt: 471 points, 1 top 10

124. Erik Compton: 471 points, 1 top 10

125. Jeff Overton: 464 points, 1 top 10

126. Will MacKenzie: 458 points, 3 top 10’s

127. Scott Langley: 448 points

128. Brian Stuard: 447 points, 1 top 10

129. Scott Stallings: 447 points, 1 top 10

130. Jamie Donaldson: 447 points, 2 top 10’s

131. Nicholas Thompson: 442 points, 1 top 10

132. Tom Hoge: 441 points, 2 top 10’s

133. Alex Prugh: 433 points, 2 top 10’s

134. Seung-Yul Noh: 432 points, 1 top 10

135. S.J. Park: 426 points, 1 top 10

136. Billy Hurley III: 420 points, 1 top 10

137. Sam Saunders: 413 points, 1 top 10

138. Michael Putnam: 407 points

139. Martin Kaymer: 406 points, 1 top 10

140. Brice Garnett: 398 points, 1 top 10

141. Whee Kim: 393 points, 2 top 10’s

142. Tom Gillis: 391 points, 1 top 10

143. Brian Davis: 387 points, 2 top 10’s

144. David Toms: 383 points, 2 top 10’s

145. Blayne Barber: 380 points, 4 top 10’s

146. Michael Thompson: 378 points, 1 top 10

147. Lucas Glover: 375 points

148. Luke Guthrie: 373 points, 1 top 10

149. Charlie Beljan: 369 points, 1 top 10

150. Cameron Percy: 361 points, 1 top 10

151. Vaughn Taylor: 361 points, 2 top 10’s

152. K.J. Choi: 358 points

153. Jhonattan Vegas: 353 points

154. Geoff Ogilvy: 350 points, 1 top 10

155. Ricky Barnes: 347 points, 1 top 10

156. Martin Flores: 345 points

157. Aaron Baddeley: 336 points, 1 top 10

158. Jonathan Byrd: 335 points

159. Bo Van Pelt: 322 points, 2 top 10’s

160. Graeme McDowell: 320 points, 1 top 10

161. Andres Romero: 312 points, 2 top 10’s

162. John Merrick: 311 points

163. Max Homa: 278 points, 1 top 10

164. Mark Hubbard: 274 points

165. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano: 272 points

166. Chez Reavie: 268 points

167. Freddie Jacobson: 268 points, 1 top 10

168. Andrew Svoboda: 266 points, 1 top 10

169. Derek Fathauer: 263 points, 1 top 10

170. Derek Ernst: 250 points

171. D.A. Points: 244 points

172. Greg Chalmers: 242 points

173. Ernie Els: 233 points

174. Robert Garrigus: 226 points

175. Shane Lowry: 222 points, 1 win (WGC-Bridgestone Invitational), 3 top 10’s

176. Steve Stricker: 218 points

177. Steven Alker: 216 points

178. Tiger Woods: 215 points, 1 top 10

179. Jonathan Randolph: 209 points

180. Angel Cabrera: 208 points

181. Kyle Stanley: 200 points

182. Andrew Putnam: 192 points

183. Justin Leonard: 188 points

184. Tim Wilkinson: 183 points

185. Ben Crane: 182 points

186. Oscar Fraustro: 171 points, 1 top 10

187. Robert Allenby: 169 points, 1 top 10

188. Roberto Castro: 167 points

189. Eric Axley: 152 points

190. Victor Dubuisson: 145 points

191. Tyrone Van Aswegen: 142 points

192. Rod Pampling: 138 points, 1 top 10

193. Chris Smith: 128 points, 1 top 10

194. Tim Petrovic: 123 points, 1 top 10

195. Ryan Armour: 123 points

196. John Rollins: 121 points, 1 top 10

197. Bill Lunde: 117 points

198. Andrew Loupe: 112 points, 1 top 10

199. Kenny Perry: 105 points

200. Roger Sloan: 103 points

201. Stuart Appleby: 100 points

202. Byron Smith: 96 points

203. Josh Teater: 94 points

204. Trevor Immelman: 76 points

205. Blake Adams: 74 points

206. Zack Sucher: 70 points

207. Fred Funk: 66 points, 1 top 10

208. Arjun Atwal: 64 points

209. Jarrod Lyle: 63 points

210. Jim Renner: 63 points

211. Heath Slocum: 62 points

212. Glen Day: 61 points

213. Carlos Sainz Jr.: 59 points, 1 top 10

214. Steve Flesch: 58 points, 1 top 10

215. Tommy Gainey: 57 points

216. John Daly: 57 points, 1 top 10

217. Mark Hensby: 53 points, 1 top 10

218. Ben Curtis: 51 points

219. Troy Kelly: 50 points

220. Y.E.Yang: 49 points

221. Mike Weir: 48 points

222. Matt Bettencourt: 48 points

223. Mark O’Meara: 47 points

224. Charlie Wi: 44 points

225. Troy Matteson: 43 points

226. Kevin Stadler: 41 points

227. Justin Hicks: 41 points

228. Cameron Beckman: 40 points

229. Joe Affrunti: 39 points

230. Dicky Pride: 31 points

231. David Duval: 31 points

232. D.J.Trahan: 31 points

233. Richard Sterne: 29 points

T234. Woody Austin: 29 points

T234. Lee Janzen: 29 points

236. Billy Mayfair: 26 points

237. Benjamin Alvarado: 26 points

T238. Shaun Micheel: 25 points

T238. Duffy Waldorf: 25 points

T240. Michael Bradley: 22 points

T240. Dudley Hart: 22 points

242. Scott Verplank: 21 points

243. Daniel Chopra: 17 points

244. Stephen Ames: 13 points

T245. Kent Jones: 13 points

T245. Chris Riley: 13 points

247. Harrison Frazar: 12 points

248. Garrett Willis: 12 points

249. Scott McCarron: 9 points

250. Parker McLachlin: 7 points

251. Len Mattiace: 5 points

252. Guy Boros: 4 points

253. Ted Purdy: 4 points

254. Brandt Jobe: 2 points

255. Tom Watson: 1 point

256. Tim Herron: 1 point

T257. Patrick Cantlay: 1 point

T257. Steve Lowery: 1 point

259. Bernhard Langer: 1 point

With the new wraparound format, golf fans won't have to worry about a long break from the action. After the Presidents Cup, which takes place in South Korea from October 8-11, the 2015-2016 season gets underway at the Frys.com Open on Thursday, October 15. Let the madness begin again.

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