Spieth named 2015 PGA Tour Player of the Year
Jason Day pushed him hard as the season progressed but after clinching the season-ending Tour Championship and FedEx Cup, there could be no denying Jordan Spieth the honour of 2015 PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
In announcing the award, Commissioner Tim Finchem almost ran of our breath rattling off all that the 22-year has been able to achieve in 2015.
Jordan Spieth holds the FedEx Cup and Tour Championship trophies (Credit: Getty Images)
“We did have a sensational season and from every perspective, largely because of the young stars who shone brighter than ever before, really. But none brighter than our PGA Tour Player of the Year, Jordan Spieth.” Finchem said.
“Jordan captivated our fan base throughout a truly historic season including the FedExCup and five victories, two major championships and near misses at the two others.”
“Thanks to his phenomenal season long performance and a victory at the Tour Championship, he became the youngest ever FedExCup champion at the age of 22.”
“With his Masters and U.S. Open victories, he is the youngest player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win two career major championships.”
“Some of his other accomplishments this year included that with a scoring average he won both the Byron Nelson Award, presented every year by the PGA TOUR, and the Vardon Trophy presented by the PGA of America.”
“He is not only first in the official money list this year on the PGA TOUR, he set a record at slightly over $12 million to earn the Arnold Palmer Award.”
“It’s an honour because to win Player of the Year, because it was our MVP of our league. And it’s voted on by the players.” Spieth said in response.
”And for them to recognise the hard work that we’ve put in and what we’ve been able to do with it is truly special and I thank all the players I look up to.”
“My goals were to try to win two to three times on the Tour this year, as well as compete and be in contention in at least two majors, make the cut in all four. If I remember; and make The Presidents Cup.”
“But as far as major championships go, it very much exceeded expectations.”
“This was a major season that I’m obviously most proud of the two wins, but also extremely proud of taking those two wins into the last two and not giving up, continuing to play our best golf.”
“And really, in my mind, should have won The Open Championship had I played the last two holes like we battled that week, but unfortunately missed a putt on 17 and didn’t play 18 the right way. And then ran into a buzz saw in Jason Day at the PGA.”
“It certainly exceeded the expectations in the major championships.”
Australia is included in a relatively quiet end to a busy and hugely successful year for Spieth. He returns to defend his Emirates Australian Open title in Sydney in November – the tournament that can lay claim to lighting the fire for his spectacular run in 2015.
“I will be going to Korea for (this week’s) Presidents Cup, then HSBC China, the Emirates Australian Open and then the Euro World Challenge. And then I will start back up in Maui (in January).”