Spieth voted Player of the Year after 'season to remember'

Fri Oct 2, 2015 2:18pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - World number one Jordan Spieth capped a sensational season on Friday when, as had been widely expected, he was voted the PGA Tour's Player of the Year after a 2014-15 campaign highlighted by two major victories among his five wins.

Spieth landed the coveted honour 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 in July and being runner-up at the PGA Championship in August.

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 honours 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 claimed Player of the Year honours over rivals Jason Day of Australia, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and fellow American Rickie Fowler in a vote of his peers.

Of that trio, Day 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.

"It was a season to remember," Spieth told reporters on a conference call. "You don't recognise it, I guess, as the year goes on. When you look at it in review, you can see exactly what we have done.   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. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports