Jordan Spieth capped a brilliant season in sensational style as he scored a four-stroke victory at the Tour Championship on 27 September, that also won him the FedExCup play-offs title for an $11.48m (£7.56m) prize.
Spieth shot a closing one-under-par 69 at East Lake Golf Club for a nine-under total of 271 and his fifth win of the season, including the Masters and US Open. The prize money haul included the $10m jackpot bonus for winning the season's FedExCup points competition, virtually clinched him Player of the Year honour and returned the 22-year-old American to the number-one world ranking.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson rolled in a 57-foot birdie putt at the last for a 72 to tie for second on five-under 275 with Englishman Justin Rose (66) and Danny Lee of New Zealand (65). "I think of East Lake as one of the best golf courses we play all year so it's really incredible to get a victory," said Spieth afterwards.
Spieth experienced a slight lull to his sensational season in the last month as Australian Jason Day went red-hot to win four of six events, including the PGA Championship and two of the FedExCup play-off tournaments. However, the ultra-competitive Spieth geared up for a run at the Tour Championship/FedExCup double and hit his target.
"To come into the brightest stages and perform is going to give me a lot of confidence going forward because there's going to be ups and there's going to be downs, I know it, but to be able to bounce back this quickly from the low in my season is really cool," said Spieth, whose PGA Tour season earnings ballooned to $22m because of the FedExCup bonus.
Spieth once again wielded a magic putter to quash the hopes of his rivals. He began the day with a one-shot lead over Stenson, the 2013 FedExCup winner. He extended that advantage to two but after six holes the pair were tied when Spieth suffered a second consecutive bogey.
Spieth took command on the eighth hole by rolling in a 21-foot birdie putt, while Stenson bogeyed for a two-shot swing. Then after Stenson knocked his approach close at the ninth, Spieth rolled in an 18-footer to maintain his advantage.
Two holes later, Spieth rolled in 46-foot putt for birdie to retain his two-shot edge, drawing a wry grin from the Swede who acknowledged the American's effort with a fist bump on the green.
With Rose, Lee, Dustin Johnson (64), Bubba Watson (67) and Englishman Paul Casey, who reached six-under before bogeys at 16 and 17, making charges, Spieth continued to use his putter to hold them at bay. He saved par at the 15th with a putt from nine feet and did so again at 16, and Stenson gave him breathing room with a double-bogey at 17 after shanking his approach shot.