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Spieth misses Tour Champ., doesn't meet starts policy

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Jordan Spieth is going to miss the Tour Championship for the first time in his career.

The 2015 FedExCup champion closed out his season with a final-round 73, leaving him in a tie for 54th at the BMW Championship.

Spieth entered the week 27th on the postseason points standings but slipped to 31st, with only the top 30 advancing to East Lake.

“I was in control of my own destiny and didn't have it this week. Riding some momentum, but all in all, game kind of got a little off,” he said Monday.

Spieth has played the season finale every year since 2013, when he won the John Deere Classic as a non-member.

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With his season coming to an early end, Spieth will not meet the PGA Tour’s strength-of-field scheduling requirement. Tour policy states that players must start 25 events in either the current or previous season or else add one new event they have not played in the last four years.

Spieth played 23 events this season and his appearance at the Ryder Cup will mark his 24th official start. Since he did not add a new event in 2017-18, he will come up one start short of satisfying the policy. A trip to the Tour Championship would have counted for No. 25.

“I talked to the Tour a little while back and I didn't really think much of it, and it becomes a situation then, you know,” he said.

“I obviously accept whatever fine it is and move on and try and add one every year, but it's kind of tough.”