So as it turns out, Jason Day was the best player in golf for about two months, but Sunday’s results made it clear whose year 2015 was.
He shot a 1-under 69 to win the TOUR Championship by four strokes on Sunday, winning the FedEx Cup championship in the process.
He became the youngest player to win the TOUR Championship tournament and the FedEx Cup in the same season (22 years, 2 months), and the youngest player to win five tournaments since Horton Smith did so in 1926 at age xx.
With the $10 million bonus for winning the Cup, Spieth earned $22,030,465 in PGA prize money in 2015 and reclaimed the No. 1 ranking from Jason Day.
Spieth has now been ranked No. 1 for four total weeks, moving him past Bernard Langer (three total) in that category.
His title was in doubt early as he recorded back-to-back bogeys on 5 and 6 to stand tied with Henrik Stenson through seven holes.
But he birdied No. 8 while Stenson bogeyed it, birdied No. 9 and really deflated any chance the Swede had when he rolled in a 43-foot birdie putt on No. 11 to keep the 2-stroke lead.
He would par the remaining seven holes while Stenson fell three strokes off the lead with a bogey on No. 12, then vanished altogether with a double-bogey 6 on No. 17 to finish 2-over, and tied for second with Danny Lee and Justin Rose, who shot closing-round 65 and 66, respectively.
Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, and Paul Casey tied for fifth at 4-under. Johnson shot a 6-under 64, knocking in seven birdies between No. 8 and No. 17.
Former No. 1 Jason Day wound up tied for 10th at 2-under. Rory McIlroy struggled to his worst round of the post-season, a 4-over 76 to fall to a tie for 16th at 1-over. McIlroy hit four birdies in five-hole stretch on the front nine, made up two of those shots, then staggered to a triple-bogey 7 on No. 17.