Kim was a fearless, brash 22-year-old when he won his first PGA Tour event in 2008, but injuries derailed his career in 2012 and he hasn’t been able to return to the sport in the past three years.
A year ago, McIlroy was clearly the top player in golf, with many wondering how long his reign would last. Strong seasons from Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, and an injury, quickly knocked him from that perch.
Spieth will celebrate a season that was remarkable in so many ways, but the modified PGA Tour schedule means he won’t have long to savor his unprecedented success.
Spieth shot a 1-under-par 69 in the final round of the Tour Championship on Sunday, making him the youngest winner of the FedEx Cup playoff and the first golfer to win $22 million in a single season.
Spieth battled a rainy Saturday afternoon at East Lake Golf Club to shoot a 2-under-par 68 and take a one-shot lead on Henrik Stenson, leaving him one final round on Sunday to win the PGA Tour championship.
Two years after winning the FedEx Cup with a wire-to-wire victory, Stenson shot a 7-under-par 63 and took a two-shot lead over Paul Casey following the first round of the Tour Championship on Thursday in Atlanta.
Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy all have the top prize in their sights when the PGA Tour season concludes on Sunday with the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
The vote, to take place after the Tour Championship concludes on Sunday, will determine whether players find more value in Jordan Spieth’s two major championships or Jason Day’s late-season and playoff run.
Woods underwent another surgery on his back last week, and given his recent performance and his age, it seems as though Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories will remain intact for some time.
Spieth has missed the cut at his last two tournaments, but he returned to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking on Tuesday, accounting for his performances over a two-year period.
Fowler was two shots behind Stenson with five holes to play, and a 40-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole helped spur him to a victory in the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs on Monday.
One 3-wood quickly put Stenson into the mix at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Another one helped to give him the lead. Stenson drilled a 3-wood on the 298-yard fourth hole at the TPC Boston that hit into the bank and rolled up to 20 feet for an eagle that allowed him to bolt up the leaderboard.