You Oughta Know: Spieth has dominated Stenson


Jordan Spieth poured in a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson heading into the final round of the Tour Championship. Here's what You Oughta Know for Sunday at East Lake, where the winner will walk away with a small fortune.

• The top three on the leaderboard - Spieth, Stenson and Rickie Fowler - are all in the top five of the FedEx Cup standings, which means they can claim both the tournament and postseason trophies with a win tomorrow. The total jackpot for winning both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup is $11,485,000.

• Before any of the other relevant history, this is worth addressing up front. The last four times Spieth and Stenson have played in the same group, including Saturday, Spieth has beaten him by a combined 25 shots. Spieth is 25 under and Stenson is even par, having broken par just once. Prior to Saturday, in the previous three instances at the Hero World Challenge and in two rounds at the Masters, Spieth went on to win the tournament. With that out of the way ...

• Spieth, 22, would be the youngest to win the Tour Championship and the youngest to win the FedEx Cup. He would be the first player to win the Masters and the Tour Championship in the same year.

• Spieth is in search of his fifth victory this season, which would tie him with Jason Day for the most on Tour. Spieth would be the youngest player to win five or more times in a season since 21-year-old Horton Smith won eight times in 1929. Spieth would also become just the fourth player in the last 20 years to win five or more times in a season, joining Day, Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods. The last time multiple players won five or more times in a season was 1973, when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf combined for 13 victories.

• Spieth is in position to set a record for earnings in a PGA Tour season. Singh won nine times in 2004, racking up what was a record $10.9 million. Spieth currently sits at $10.5 million and would move to $12,030,465 with a win. That figure does not include the $10 million bonus, which would raise his total on-course earnings this season to $22 million, but wouldn't factor into the total. (Don't worry. It spends the same.) Spieth needs a two-way tie for fourth or better to set the record, which would still represent a lesser percentage of total potential winnings relative to Singh, as Tour purses have grown in the intervening decade.

• As for chances of cashing in, Spieth has converted each of his last three 54-hole leads. That said, no one has converted a one-shot lead through 54 holes in nine attempts this season. Stenson himself has failed to do it twice, at Bay Hill in March and at TPC Boston earlier this month.

• Speaking of Stenson, his Saturday round proved something of an outlier. His third-round 72 proved the first time the Swede had ever failed to break par at East Lake and the first time he ever didn't finish the day leading the Tour Championship. Stenson went wire-to-wire in his only other appearance at the Tour Championship in 2013. Saturday also marked his first round over par this postseason.

• That kind of play is why Stenson, despite not having won an event this year, could join Woods as the only players to win multiple FedEx Cups.

• Though he hasn't won on Tour since 2013, Stenson's resume is pretty impressive. His four wins are comprised of a WGC, a Players and two playoff events.

• Lurking four shots back, Fowler has come from behind in each of his three PGA Tour wins. He played the back nine in 31 spotless shots on Saturday and has broken par in each of his last 11 rounds, during which he is a combined 33 under. Fowler was 14 for 14 on putts inside 10 feet in the third round.

• Finally, in a most disappointing fashion, Rory McIlroy actually leads the field this week in birdies with 15, but he enters the final round five shots back at 3 under par because he keeps giving those shots back. On Saturday, he made six birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the 18th hole to shoot even par.

Information courtesy the Golf Channel Editiorial Research Unit