New York - World number one Jordan Spieth capped a sensational season on Friday
when, as had been widely expected, he was voted the PGA Tour's Player of
the Year after a 2014/15 campaign highlighted by two major victories
among his five wins.
Spieth landed the coveted honour after
clinching the first two majors of the season - the Masters and US
Open - before finishing one shot out of a British Open playoff in July
and being runner-up at the PGA Championship in August.
22-year-old American ended his campaign in triumphant style with victory
at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta last week where he
also clinched overall FedExCup playoff honours and the $10 million
Spieth made 21 of 25 cuts on the PGA Tour, including four
runner-up spots, as his earnings for the season ballooned to $22
million because of the FedExCup bonus.
He set a record for
official earnings on the U.S. circuit, his tally of $12 030 465
eclipsing the previous mark of $10 905 166 established by Vijay Singh in
Spieth claimed Player of the Year honours over rivals Jason
Day of Australia, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and fellow American
Rickie Fowler in a vote of his peers.
Of that trio, Day pushed
Spieth hardest in the battle for the prized accolade as he also
triumphed five times on the 2014-15 PGA Tour while claiming his first
major title at the PGA Championship.
"It was a season to
remember," Spieth told reporters on a conference call. "You don't
recognise it, I guess, as the year goes on. When you look at it in
review, you can see exactly what we have done.
"It's an honour to
win Player of the Year because it is the MVP (most valuable player) of
our league and it's voted upon by the players. For them to recognise the
hard work that we put in and what we've been able to do with it is
Spieth, the youngest Player of the Year since a
21-year-old Tiger Woods won the award 1997, also earned the Arnold
Palmer Award as the Tour's leading money winner and claimed the Byron
Nelson Award for adjusted scoring average (68.938).
for his brilliant putting and mental strength, Spieth displayed
remarkable consistency as he dominated golf for most of the year. He
came close to recording the first ever calendar grand slam of the four
professional majors, his worst finish a tie for fourth at the British
A surprising dip in form over the past month coincided with a
red-hot run by Australian Day, who won four of six events, including
the PGA Championship and two of the FedExCup playoff tournaments.
stung the highly-competitive Spieth, who made a mental adjustment as he
turned things around after missing the cut in the first two FedExCup
"As far as the majors go, it certainly very much
exceeded expectations," Spieth said of his season. "I obviously am most
proud of the two wins, but I am also extremely proud of taking those two
wins into the last two and not giving up, continuing to play our best
"Really in my mind I should have won the (British) Open
championship had I played the last two holes like we had battled that
week, but unfortunately I missed a putt on 17 and didn't play 18 the
"And then I ran into a buzz-saw in Jason Day at the PGA
(Championship). Our best stuff was there. It certainly exceeded my
expectations in the major championships."
American Daniel Berger,
22, the only rookie to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship
after recording two runner-up spots along the way, was selected Rookie
of the Year.