Not a major, but FedExCup sure puts food on table: Spieth

Tue Aug 25, 2015 4:30pm EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

EDISON, New Jersey (Reuters) - By the tender age of 22, Jordan Spieth has already accomplished some lifelong goals -- namely winning the Masters and achieving the world number one ranking in golf.

The next challenge facing the precocious American is parlaying his top position in the FedExCup standings into victory in the four-event playoff series that culminates with the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Spieth said that goal ranks lower than accumulating golf's major titles, such as the Masters and U.S. Open he won this year, but the Texan does not undervalue the season-ending playoffs and the $10 million bonus that goes to the champion.

"I put winning the FedExCup below a major championship," Spieth told reporters on Tuesday before going out for his first look at Plainfield Country Club, where the opening playoffs event, The Barclays, begins on Thursday.

"(It's) something that would put some food on the table for sure," Spieth said in his dead-pan style, drawing laughter from his audience. "It's something I'd love to win some day. The names on that trophy are no fluke."

Tiger Woods, who did not qualify among the top 125 on the points list for The Barclays, has won the FedExCup twice including the inaugural 2007 competition.

Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson have also triumphed in the playoffs won last year by Billy Horschel. Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Bill Haas (2011) are the other champions.

Another notable absentee is world number two Rory McIlroy.   Continued...

 
Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the 7th hole during the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports