The least surprising news of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season has broken: Jordan Spieth has been named Player of the Year.
The 22-year-old and reigning U.S. Open and Masters champion is the youngest PGA Tour Player of the Year since Tiger Woods in 1997. In addition to his two major victories, Spieth also won the Valspar Championship in March, the John Deere Classic in July and the Tour Championship in September, which led to a FedEx Cup victory and the $10 million prize.
“The PGA Tour enjoyed a sensational season from every perspective as our young stars shone brighter than ever before, but none brighter than the PGA Tour Player of the Year Jordan Spieth,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. “The sportsmanship he displayed in both victory and defeat was a stirring indication of the role model and ambassador he has become in a very short period of time.”
Spieth’s season, including the $10 million FedEx bonus, is the most lucrative in PGA Tour history. He earned more than $22 million dollars, and that doesn’t even factor in payouts for wins at the Australian Open in November of 2014 and the Hero World Challenge in December.
Spieth is the third golfer to earn both PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year Honors, following Vijay Singh and Woods. He’s the 12th player to win back-to-back major championships. Spieth’s bid for the Grand Slam ended at St. Andrews when he missed a lengthy birdie putt on the 72nd hole that would have tied Zach Johnson’s lead. He would finish T4 at the British Open and go on to finish solo second at the PGA Championship behind Jason Day.
Day made the Player of the Year race a bit more interesting with his impressive streak of four wins in six starts, but the 2014-15 PGA Tour season ultimately belonged to Jordan Spieth.