Spieth expected to land PGA Tour Player of the Year honors

Thu Oct 1, 2015 3:41pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - World number one Jordan Spieth is set to cap a sensational season on Friday when he is widely expected to be named the PGA Tour's Player of the Year after a 2014-15 campaign highlighted by two major victories among his five wins.

Spieth is the front-runner to land the coveted honor after clinching the first two majors of the season -- the Masters and U.S. Open -- before finishing one shot out of a British Open playoff and being runner-up at the PGA Championship.

The 22-year-old American ended his campaign in triumphant style with victory at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta last week where he also clinched overall FedExCup playoff honors and the $10 million jackpot.

Spieth made 21 of 25 cuts on the PGA Tour, including four runner-up spots, as his earnings for the season ballooned to $22 million because of the FedExCup bonus.

He set a record for official earnings on the U.S. circuit, his tally of $12,030,465 eclipsing the previous mark of $10,905,166 established by Vijay Singh in 2004.

Spieth is expected to claim Player of the Year honors over three rivals -- Australian Jason Day, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and American Rickie Fowler -- in a vote of his peers.

Of that trio, Day has pushed Spieth hardest in the battle for the prized accolade as he also triumphed five times on the 2014-15 PGA Tour while claiming his first major title at the PGA Championship.

Spieth, who is known for his brilliant putting and mental strength, displayed remarkable consistency as he dominated golf for most of the year. He came close to recording the first ever calendar grand slam of the four professional majors, his worst finish a tie for fourth at the British Open.   Continued...

Sep 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jordan Spieth with the tournament trophy and FedEx Cup trophy after winning the final round of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports