Jordan Spieth’s Keys to Victory at the Tour Championship

September 28, 2015

Jordan Spieth cruised to a four-shot victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday, winning the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus in the process. Here are the numbers that made all the difference.

142 feet, 5 inches

Cumulative length of Spieth’s putts on Sunday. He made seven putts over eight feet in length, including a 46-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole. Not only was Speith’s total for the day the best in the field, but his 432 feet, 5 inch total was the best of any player for the week. Spieth made 61 out of 66 putts from 10 feet and in while making 11 putts longer than 10 feet. In case you were wondering, Spieth has made 5,197 feet, 6 inches of putts this year, 82 feet short of a mile.


Number of times Spieth got up and down this week (out of 25 missed greens) making him the best scrambler in the field.


Spieth’s magic number this week. He entered the week second in the FedEx Cup standings and went on to win. At 22 years and 2 months young, Spieth is the second youngest player on the PGA Tour to win five times in a single season. (The first was Horton Smith, who was 21 when he won five times in 1929.) Tiger was 23 when he won five times in 1999, and Jack Nicklaus was 23 when he won five times in 1963. Spieth joins Woods in 2007 as the only players to win a major and the FedEx Cup title in the same year.


Number of spots Spieth has climbed in the World Ranking between the WGC-HSBC Champions last November and this week’s Tour Championship.


Spieth’s total earnings from every worldwide event he has played since last November, including the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus and money won at the Hero’s World Challenge and the Australian Open, the largest single-season haul in golf history.


Number of times since 1960 that two players have won five or more times on the PGA Tour.

2015     Jordan Spieth     5     Jason Day     5  
1973   Jack Nicklaus   7   Tom Weiskopf   5
1971   Lee Trevino   6   Jack Nicklaus   5
1963   Arnold Palmer   7   Jack Nicklaus   5
1961   Arnold Palmer   6   Doug Sanders   5