Sport Spieth leading FedEx Cup by giving himself chances

09:35  14 september  2017
09:35  14 september  2017 Source:   ap.org

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That includes the last two FedEx Cup playoff events. Then, he was tied for the lead at the TPC Boston with five holes to play until Spieth missed two greens with long irons and Justin Thomas didn’t miss hardly anything in a three-shot victory.

That includes the last two FedEx Cup playoff events. Spieth lost in a playoff on Long Island when Dustin Johnson smashed a 343-yard drive and a hit a wedge to 4 feet for birdie. Then, he was tied for the lead at the TPC Boston with five holes to play until Spieth missed two greens with long irons and

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Jordan Spieth already has won 14 times around the world, which already places him in unique territory. Over the last 75 years, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only other players to have at least 10 victories and three majors before turning 25.

That's only part of the Spieth profile.

Nearly as impressive are the 15 times he has finished runner-up, which Spieth sees more as opportunity than any measure of failure.

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  Watch: Spieth, Thomas trade eagles early in Boston Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are good friends, but early in the final round they're going toe-to-toe at the Dell Technologies Championship. Spieth opened his round with a birdie at No. 1, then laced his approach at the par-5 second to eight feet, and brushed home the eagle putt. The Texan wouldn't be finished trimming strokes, making back-to-back birdies at Nos. three and four, moving him to 15-under for the event.(Video courtesy: pgatour.com)Thomas would answer back with a birdie at the second, and then dropped a 32-foot eagle putt at the short par-4 fourth, grabbing a share of the lead with Spieth and Marc Leishman.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jordan Spieth already has won 14 times around the world, which already places him in unique territory. Over the last 75 years, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only other players to have at least 10 victories and three majors before turning 25. That’s only part of the Spieth profile.

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. Spieth leading FedEx Cup by giving himself Those consecutive runner-up finishes elevated Spieth to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup going into the BMW Championship, and that's not a bad place to be.

''I know you're indifferent when you're asking the question, but I think of it positively,'' he said Wednesday. ''There's been that many tournaments that I've been in the thick of things and truly had a chance to win.''

That includes the last two FedEx Cup playoff events.

Spieth lost in a playoff on Long Island when Dustin Johnson smashed a 343-yard drive and a hit a wedge to 4 feet for birdie. Then, he was tied for the lead at the TPC Boston with five holes to play until Spieth missed two greens with long irons and Justin Thomas didn't miss hardly anything in a three-shot victory.

There are worse times of the year to settle for second.

Those consecutive runner-up finishes elevated Spieth to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup going into the BMW Championship, and that's not a bad place to be. He is assured of being among the top five seeds who only have to win the Tour Championship next week to capture the $10 million bonus.

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  Thomas wins Boston for 5th title of the season Justin Thomas added another big title to a season filled with big moments by outlasting Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman on the back nine of the TPC Boston to win the Dell Technologies Championship.Two shots behind at the turn, Thomas surged ahead with a short birdie and a 6-foot par save and closed with a 5-under 66 for a three-shot victory that was much tighter than the final margin. It was the fifth title of the season for Thomas, including his first major at the PGA Championship.RELATED:  Dell Technologies Championship scoresSpieth wasted a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie start to his round with too many mistakes on the back nine.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Spieth already has won 14 times around the world, which already places him in unique territory. Over the last 75 years, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the only other players to have at least 10 victories and three majors before turning 25.

READ: Spieth leading FedEx Cup by giving himself chances . The other 25 in the elite field all have a mathematical chance of being crowned champion, but it would take a freak confluence of circumstances for those outside the top 15 to do so.

''If I finish runner-up this week, unless one of two other people win, I will have accomplished the goal of being No. 1 going into East Lake,'' he said.

Johnson and Thomas are the players to whom he referred, and that's only part of the battle at Conway Farms.

The primary goal of the 70-man field is to finish in the top 30 and get to East Lake for the Tour Championship, where everyone has a mathematical shot at capturing the FedEx Cup and its lucrative prize. The top five seeds have the best odds, though Bill Haas at No. 25 won it in 2011.

Haas is on the bubble this year at No. 30, a few spots behind Jason Day, who said Wednesday he will use friends to caddie the rest of the year instead of Colin Swatton, his longtime coach and the only caddie he has ever had on tour.

Right behind Haas are a pair of rookies, Mackenzie Hughes and Xander Schauffele, both PGA Tour winners this year, both wanting a lot more.

Spieth still salty over DJ's 341-yard drive at Northern Trust

  Spieth still salty over DJ's 341-yard drive at Northern Trust Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth gave golf fans an unbelievable day of golf in the final round of The Northern Trust. After dropping a 17-foot putt on No. 18 to force a playoff, Johnson unleashed a 341-yard drive on the first extra hole, leaving just a wedge for his approach into the green. The 33-year-old would knock his second to a couple of feet, and tap-in for birdie and the title.

READ: Spieth leading FedEx Cup by giving himself chances . Thomas is second in the FedExCup standings, with world number one Johnson third, followed by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama and Spaniard Jon Rahm.

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Spieth can't recall a time in his career - pro or amateur - when he was runner-up at three straight tournaments. The was runner-up in consecutive weeks in Texas in 2014, losing in a playoff in Houston and by four shots at the Texas Open, and then following that up with a wire-to-wire victory at the Masters.

Then again, he's not the only player in good form.

Johnson is finally back to full health from his back injury on the eve of the Masters, having rallied to beat Spieth at The Northern Trust and starting the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship three shots behind until he never recovered from a slow start.

Thomas has won twice in his last three starts, the other at the PGA Championship for his first major. Thomas already has five victories this year and would be a shoo-in for PGA Tour player of the year provided Spieth doesn't win the last two tournaments to claim the FedEx Cup.

They have been close friends since they were 14. Thomas said he was motivated by Spieth more when Thomas was in college and couldn't compete against him. That's not the case as much now.

1st, 2nd place both common outcomes for Spieth

  1st, 2nd place both common outcomes for Spieth They won't start calling Jordan Spieth "Mr. Runner-up," anytime soon, even though he finished second in the first two playoff events and three times in his past nine tournaments. After all, he is ranked second in the Official World Golf Ranking and leads the FedExCup point standings heading into the third playoff event, the BMW Championship this week at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill."They just played better than me," said Spieth, who lost out to top-ranked Dustin Johnson in the Northern Trust to open the postseason before his good pal Justin Thomas beat him in the Dell Technologies Championship.

"MORE: Jordan Spieth leads FedEx Cup by continuing to give himself chances . To another member of the on-course broadcasting set, Spieth 's good buddy Thomas is a fascination for the way he deals with the competitive pressures.

Jordan Spieth has jumped to the front of the queue for Tour Championship glory and FedEx Cup then with a pitch that was no more than adequate gave himself a 22-foot chance of par. Two years ago the 39-year-old Swede led from start to finish to win the tournament and FedEx Cup title, with its

''I want to win because I like to,'' he said.

Spieth looks at opportunity to win. Equally amazing to his 15 runner-up finishes in just five years as a pro is that in nine of them he either lost in a playoff or finished one shot behind. It speaks to a bigger picture of identifying the staying power of the best in golf.

Rory McIlroy, for example, has 21 victories and 20 runner-up finishes in his career. Johnson has 16 victories and 10 runner-up finishes.

''I don't know what Tiger's amount was, but I imagine first versus second was significant,'' Spieth said with a smile.

For his career, Woods has 91 victories and 37 runner-up finishes. In the majors, Woods has 14 victories and six second-place finishes. Spieth has played 128 events as a pro. Woods through 128 starts had 28 victories and 11 seconds.

And then there's Nicklaus. Along with setting the benchmark of 18 majors, he had 19 runner-up finishes in the Grand Slam events.

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Stanley opens strong at East Lake, and so does Spieth .
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