LAKE FOREST, Ill. – After beginning the 2013 season with no status on any major tour, Jordan Spieth now sits on the precipice of contending for a season-long FedEx Cup title. The 20-year-old’s rise through the PGA Tour ranks this year is largely unprecedented, and it is one that Spieth admitted Wednesday has resulted in a series of goal revisions.
“It’s been interesting because I’ve had to sit back and readjust goals this year a couple different times,” he explained in advance of this week’s BMW Championship. “Off the course, you know, there’s always a next goal. There’s always a higher achievement, until you’re the best in the world and you’re winning almost every time like the guy that’s there right now.”
Ranked 809th in the world to begin the year, Spieth actually made two starts in Latin America as part of the Web.com Tour’s spring slate. Since then, though, he earned temporary status after a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Open, solidified his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season with a tie for seventh at the Crowne Plaza Invitational and earned a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs when he claimed the John Deere Classic, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
“It’s been phenomenal. It’s been the best year of my life,” noted Spieth, who will become the youngest ever to participate in the Tour Championship when he tees it up next week at East Lake less than two months removed from his 20th birthday. “If I keep looking forward, I think that’s the way to stay grounded and to stay focused and working as hard as I ever have.”
Currently 10th in the FedEx Cup points race with two events remaining, the former Texas standout has now set his sights on moving into the top five in the overall standings by week’s end so as to control his own destiny for the $10 million top prize at the season’s final event.
“I think a good solid week would be a great move towards next week and trying to beat 30 players,” he added. “The odds going in are better than any other event I’ve ever played, so that would be pretty cool.”