Spieth, 22, won five times, including two majors (Masters and U.S. Open) and will certainly earn a richly deserved Plyer of the Year award in a few weeks. His season earnings of $12 million in prize money, plus the Fed Ex Cup title of earnings pushes him to $22 million for the year. That beats Tiger Woods’ mark of $20.9 million in 2007.
In many ways Spieth’s season is a reminder of the never seen before dominance of Woods. Two majors in a year is impressive, but in 2000 Tiger won the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA, and then the following year won the Masters, giving him the ‘Tiger Slam’, winning four straight majors.
Now, consider this. Spieth’s five victories made him only the sixth player to win at least five times since 1980. On that list with Spieth includes Jason Day (’15) Vijay Singh (’04), Nick Price (’94) and Tom Watson (’80). All those great players did it once in their careers.
The sixth player on that list, Tiger Woods, did it 10 times. He did it 10 times while some of the game’s greatest players like Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy have never done it once.
Of all the many levels that separate Woods from every golfer who ever played the game on the planet _ with the exception of Jack Nicklaus _ his 10 years of five wins, or more, demonstrates dominance and longevity better than anything.
So, as people try to change the narrative on the career of Woods for whatever reason _ I think it was because he sleeps with white women and won 14 majors _ always remember at the end of the narrative if they don’t call Woods the best, or second best to Nicklaus, they aren’t telling you the whole truth.