Spieth ends fairytale PGA Tour debut with a flourish

Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:35pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Rookie sensation Jordan Spieth ended a fairytale PGA Tour season in scintillating fashion at the Tour Championship on Sunday, chasing tournament leader Henrik Stenson hard before finishing in a tie for second.

Aged just 20, American Spieth reeled off three consecutive birdies from the seventh, and four in a row from the 13th to raise hopes of a second victory on the U.S. circuit before his title bid ended with a bogey at the 17th.

A closing six-under-par 64 at East Lake Golf Club in the PGA Tour's season finale left him at 10-under 270 as he recorded his ninth top-10 in just 23 starts, including a maiden win at the John Deere Classic in July.

"It's been a dream come true," Spieth told reporters of his 2013 campaign which began in January when he had no PGA Tour status and was competing on the lower-tier Web.com Tour.

"The beginning of the year, my goal was just to get on Tour next season. It was just to get my 2014 PGA Tour card. I thought that it would come through the Web.com Tour this year.

"Those couple of weeks at Puerto Rico and Tampa really changed my golf life. To be able to play the PGA Tour this year, and then obviously (winning) the John Deere opened things up."

Nine months ago, Spieth had to play in a Thursday qualifier just to get into a Monday qualifier for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where he missed the cut in his first tournament as a professional.

However, after recording successive top-10s on the Web.com Tour, he returned to the PGA Tour in early March for the Puerto Rico Open where he tied for second and has not looked back.   Continued...

Jordan Spieth of U.S. reacts after missing a birdie on the 18th green during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT GOLF) - RTX13VPU