The final damage: Two major titles, one runner-up finish and a tie for fourth.
Indeed, this year’s majors treated Jordan Spieth pretty well. But now that the major season is over, what does Spieth look back on as his high point? The answer shouldn’t be a surprise.
The world’s top-ranked player called in to ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday morning, and among the things the Texan was asked was what he considers his highlight of the 2015 major season. He didn't hesitate before saying his green jacket at the Masters.
“That’s the tournament I grew up dreaming to win and to have it become a reality so soon, it was all just such a blur,” Spieth said. “I really wish I could have taken more in, but we tried to keep our head down and just grind and grind. Hopefully we get in another position to do that next April, but if I look back on this year, that week stands out more than anything else.”
Spieth’s wire-to-wire victory at Augusta was just the beginning of his historic major season, and it will likely help him earn player of the year honors. He tied Tiger Woods’ Masters record of 18-under and was the first player to get to 19-under. He also set records for 36- (130) and 54-hole (200) totals as well as for most birdies (28) that week.
After the Masters, Spieth won the U.S. Open—with a little help from Dustin Johnson—before barely missing out on a playoff at the British Open. He was in the final group at last weekend’s PGA Championship, but he said on Tuesday he knew Jason Day had it wrapped up late in Sunday's round. That second-place finish was good enough to move him to No. 1 in the Offifical World Golf Ranking, though, which led him to say: “It was the greatest loss of my life I guess. The greatest consolation prize I ever received.
“Toward the end, right at the last couple of holes I knew Jason was going to win and I really couldn’t catch him. I tried to play to be in that position and it really is a true honor (to be No. 1), it’s the highest honor I think, the highest title in our sport.”
Spieth was later asked what he learned from his major wins and losses.
“I can look back at all four events this year and pick and choose things I really liked and didn’t like about how we handled situations and the execution going forward, and I think that’s the most important part if you want to stay at number one,” he said. “It’s probably even harder than getting to number one.”
We’ll likely see Spieth next in two weeks at The Barclays at Plainfield CC in Edison, N.J., which is the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.