Altvater: Golfer Jordan Spieth laps field in Hero World Challenge, moves into World Top 10Written by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
In his last three starts worldwide, Jordan Spieth finished T-3 in the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Japan, won the Australian Open down under and won by 10 shots at the Hero World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
He racked up some huge air miles as well as earned a nice Christmas bonus. He collected $95,000 in Japan, another $225,000 in Australia, $1 million in Florida and he has moved to No. 9 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
All he needs now is the partridge in a pear tree.
He is building a new house and can use the additional funds to enlarge the trophy room. That Tiger and Globe Trophy from the Hero World Challenge is a beauty.
Spieth had set a goal of winning two tournaments in 2014. It took him all year, but he accomplished it, although not on the PGA Tour. After a phenomenal 2013 rookie season, he failed to win on the big tour in 2014.
The Australian Open is an Australasia Tour event and the Hero World Challenge awards OWGR points, but the prize money is unofficial.
I have been assured that it spends just as well though.
He just turned 21 years old in July and is one of the most consistent players on the tour. He did post two runners-up last season, finishing just behind Bubba Watson in the Masters and he earned second-place money in the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head. In 27 starts last year, he had eight top-10 finishes, earned over $4 million and ended the year at No.15 in the FedEx Cup.
Not a bad sophomore season.
Spieth has also turned in some incredible rounds over the past month. He posted a final round eight-under-par 63 to win in Australia by five shots. It was, by far, the best round of the day and bettered the next best round of 68, turned in by runner-up Rod Pampling, by five shots.
Rory McIlroy said he could not have shot a 63 that day, at the Australian Club, in the final round in 100 chances.
Spieth also impressed everyone with his nine-under-par 63 in the third round at Isleworth Golf Club on Saturday. He posted four rounds of 66-67-63-66 to finish at 26-under-par and beat runner-up Henrik Stenson by 10 shots.
Very few guys beat a talented field of the top professionals in the world by double digits and their names are usually Tiger or Rory.
At 21 years of age and two full years of professional golf under his belt, Jordan Spieth may be hitting his stride.
Will he be the guy to challenge Rory McIlroy for supremacy?
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