Tiger Woods was elected as the Player of the Year of the PGA Tour for 11th time, despite not winning a major in the season for the third time in his career; however the great story season in golf was about rookie Jordan Spieth.
The young golfer started the season ranked 810th in the world, but he was so good in the season, this weekend he will be playing with Woods and Phil Mickelson as a member of the Presidents Cup Team. He finished seventh in the final FedEx Cup standings and earned nearly $4 million.
If you bet on sports, you know Spieth was 30-1 at the John Deere Classic, where he won his first title, after defeating David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff; becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years. He was the first teenager to won a title since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.
He was chosen to the team because “everybody wants to play with him”, said Fred Couples. After watching his Deutsche Bank Championship performance, Mickelson told Couples to pick him for the team.
Spieth, 20 years old, won the Rookie of the Year Award, after finishing nine times in the Top 10, in 23 tournaments. He became the first golfer since Tiger to go from no status at the start of the season to playing in the Tour Championship.
For those who have followed the Texan, this award was no surprise because he succeeded at each level before joining the PGA. Spieth comes from an athletic family; his mother played college basketball; his father played college baseball and his younger brother, Steven, plays basketball.
It’s too soon, and there are too many coincidences with Tiger Woods, but Spieth could learn some tricks this weekend to follow the steps of the number one golfer of the world.