PGA FEDEX Cup Leader Profile – Jordan Spieth
Winner of the 2015 FedEx Cup, Jordan Spieth is currently ranked first in the playoffs points, with Justin Thomas just 27 points behind him. Spieth is a favorite for winning the FedEx Cup this year, but as any golf fan will know, things can change quickly at this late stage of the season. None of the golfers are taking their positions for granted, and Jordan Spieth will be pushing all the way to the last game.If you’re still trying to decide who to back in the FedEx Cup, or even if you’re relatively new to the world of golf, then this in depth player profile will help you to learn more about one of the best golfers in the world.
Early Days in Golf
Spieth was born in Dallas Texas, and is one of the younger golfers in the PGA field. At just 24 years of age, he has achieved more than most professionals will in their lifetimes.Before starting in professional golf, Spieth was a two-time winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur, making him the only golfer aside from Tiger Woods to win this tournament twice. He was ranked the best junior in the world before his 18th birthday, and later to finish runner up in the Junior PGA Championship in both 2008 and 2009. Throughout his youth he was seen as a rising star, but nobody could have predicted just how far he would go.
After turning professional, Jordan Spieth started to collect a number of awards in golf. In 2013 he was named the Rookie of the Year on the PGA Tour. In 2014 he was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, and was also the leading money earner for the same year. 2015 was undoubtedly his most successful year in professional golf. He came second in the PGA championship, won the U.S. Open, and also won the Masters tournament. This year, he won The Open Championship, leaving the PGA Championship as the only major where he hasn’t finished in first place.
Why is Jordan Spieth a FedEx Cup Favorite in 2017?
Besides leading the tournament on points, there are a number of factors that have gone into Spieth being named one of the strong favorites by a number of analysts and bookmakers.His 2017 win at The Open Championship definitely has something to do with it. Spieth won it convincingly, finishing with -12 to par, three strokes ahead of runner up Matt Kuchar. He has been in the Top 10 at 10 tournaments in 2017, and has a scoring average of 68.8.While Spieth is yet to win in the FedEx Cup, he’s still maintained his performance to a high enough level that has kept him at the top of the points. Talking about his performance so far in the final stage of the season, he said that “I’m hitting the ball as good or better consistently as I’ve ever hit it. And my putter, it’s starting to come around. I’ve putted so much better from inside 10 feet this week than I have this entire year. It’s a big confidence boost for me, so it’s very close. I’m very close to the level I played in 2015.” It definitely looks like his performance is close to what it was in 2015. Placing second in both of the first two rounds of the FedEx Cup means that he’s right up in the points with his good friend Justin Thomas. There’s barely anything to split the pair, and at this stage it seems as if either one of the could win the Championship. Another factor in Jordan Spieth being such a popular favorite, is that many believe him to be in the prime golfing years of his life. While some players can win championships well into their 30s and even later, Spieth showed from a very young age that he was already a step above the rest. Only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had as many victories as Spieth before they were 25. However, unlike many of his contemporaries and past golfing heroes, even when Spieth has a bad tournament, he’s often the runner up. 15 times in his career he has been runner up at PGA tournaments, so it’s not just in the FedEx Cup that he has shown a consistently high level of performance.
What Happens if He Doesn’t Win at the Tour Championship?
Jordan Spieth doesn’t have to win at the BMW Championship. He’ll still have a chance to win the cup in the final round. It will ultimately depend on what happens with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. If neither of them win the BMW Championship, then Jordan Spieth will likely still lead the table. If Spieth does win at the BMW Championship, then he’ll already have the FedEx cup wrapped up. He spoke to the media about the final tournament, saying that “If I finish runner-up this week, unless one of two other people win, I will have accomplished the goal of being No. 1 going into East Lake.” He’ll also receive a $10 Million bonus, which is a lucrative prize in itself.Securing the FedEx Cup points that he needs to have some breathing room in this four round championship will mean that a lot of the pressure is removed from his game. That’s critically important and it’s not something that most golfers will talk about. While most appear confident in media interviews, there’s always pressure in the background, whether they show it or not. Spieth should be given credit for playing smart this year and for pacing himself. He doesn’t get out of form when things don’t go his way, and the level of calm and maturity that he displays is obviously a large part of why he has been so successful. Being at the top of the FedEx table is a good place to be, and anyone backing Jordan Spieth should be confident that their chosen golfer has a much better chance than the majority of the rest of the field.