Golf Roundup: Spieth wins Tour Championship
Originally Published: September 27, 2015 10:21 p.m.
ATLANTA (AP) - At age 22, Jordan Spieth became the first $22 million man in golf Sunday.Spieth capped off a dream season when he poured in putts from all over East Lake and closed with a 1-under 69 for a four-shot victory in the Tour Championship. That was all he needed to become the youngest player to capture the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.His fifth victory of the year, including two majors, was worth $1,485,000 and allowed the Texan to set a PGA Tour record with $12,030,465. And if that wasn't enough, Spieth went back to No. 1 in the world.His battle with Henrik Stenson long over, Spieth finished it off in fitting fashion. He made an 8-foot par putt that was never going anywhere but right in the heart.On two holes around the turn with Stenton in tight for a certain birdie, Spieth matched him with a 20-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth and a 45-foot birdie on the par-3 11th. At that point, Stenson just stared at Spieth with a wry smile and patted him on the back.Spieth also won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.Stenson had a 72 to tie for second with Danny Lee (65) and Justin Rose (66).FIRST TEE OPENPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Esteban Toledo held off 66-year-old Tom Watson by a stroke at Pebble Beach in the Champions Tour's First Tee Open.The 52-year-old Mexican player shot a 3-under 69, rebounding from a bogey on the par-3 17th with a par on the par-5 18th for a 9-under 206 total. He also won twice on the 50-and-over tour in 2013.Watson was trying to break Mike Fetchick's record as the oldest winner in tour history. Fetchick won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational on his 63rd birthday.Watson finished with a 67. The Hall of Famer moved into a tie for the lead at 9 under on the par-4 16th with his seventh birdie of the round, but bogeyed the 17th after hitting his tee shot into a bunker and missing a 10-foot par putt. He parred the 18th.After opening with a 75 at Poppy Hills, Watson had a 65 on Saturday at Pebble Beach. He won the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and took the PGA Tour's Bing Crosby event at the course in 1977 and 1978.Second-round leader Colin Montgomerie closed with a 73 to tie for third at 7 under with Vijay Singh and Woody Austin. Singh finished with a 69, and Austin shot 70.NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHAMPIONSHIPCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Andrew Loupe won the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to earn a PGA Tour card.Loupe closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-stroke victory. The 26-year-old former LSU player finished at 5-under 279 on Ohio State's difficult Scarlet Course.Loupe earned $180,000 to jump from 30th to third on the series money list with $190,642 with one event left. He finished 198th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings to drop into the four-event series for the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the FedEx Cup standings and non-members who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points.The top 25 players on Web.com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on series earnings.Third-round leader Roberto Castro, Tom Hoge and Bronson Burgoon tied for second. Castro finished with a 75, Hoge had a 69, and Burgoon shot 70. They also secured PGA Tour cards, earning $74,667 each.EUROPEAN OPENBAD GRIESBACH, Germany (AP) - Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee won the European Open for his seventh European Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory.The 45-year-old Jaidee finished at 17-under 267 on Bad Griesbach's Franz Beckenbauer Course.England's Graeme Storm was second after a 67.EL DORADO SHOOTOUTEL DORADO, Ark. (AP) - Jackie Stoelting won the El Dorado Shootout for her first Symetra Tour title, closing with a 2-under 20 for a three-stroke victory.The 29-year-old former Florida Southern player finished at 3-under 213 at Mystic Creek and earned $15,000 - after making only $7,475 in 18 events this year on the LPGA Tour.Stoelting finished third on the Symetra Tour money list last season to earn her LPGA Tour card, but make only two cuts this year and is preparing for the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School.Ally McDonald was second after a 71.