Spieth earns Player of the Year after ‘historic season’

Rosalyn Barnett

Jordan Spieth capped off the PGA Tour with record-setting $12 million earnings and two major championship wins. At just 22 years old, Spieth became the youngest to win the FedEx Cup after a first place finish at the Tour Championship with a four stroke lead. The Tour Championship ended Sept. 27, and  PGA Tour players had until Oct. 1 to cast ballots for Player of the Year.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced Spieth as Player of the Year on Friday after what Finchem said was a “historic season.” Spieth also commented on his “season to remember.”

“To recognize the hard work that we've put in and what we've been able to do with it is truly special,” Spieth said. “I've got great role models ahead of me that have helped me kind of settle in and be able to take care of things off the course to be able to just play golf.”

Spieth’s dream-like season follows years of historic performances. Growing up in Dallas, he missed his high school graduation to compete in the HP Byron Nelson. He also won the US Junior Amateur twice, becoming only the second golfer to do so after Tiger Woods. He later played for Texas, securing a national championship within three semesters, before entering professional play. In his short time on tour, Spieth has racked up numerous accomplishments..

Jason Day, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were the other nominees for this prestigious award. Daniel Berger, a recent graduate from Florida State, won Rookie of the Year honors.