Lee, 25, shot a five-under 65 in the final round at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, leaving him tied second, four shots adrift of American Spieth.
Jordan Spieth has topped off his wonderful year by winning the Tour Championship and becoming the youngest victor of the Fedex cup. Combined with his two major wins in 2015 at The Masters and the U.S. Open plus all all his other wins and finishes in PGA tournaments, Jordan Spieth earned or won a single season record $22.03 million in prize money in golf in 2015. The previous record was $10.9 million by Vijay Singh in 2004.
Lee is now certain to climb into the top 50 on world rankings.
“This is an event we approached like a major championship”. He was the first to show up at East Lake last Monday to start grinding on his game.
Spieth once again wielded a magic putter to quash the hopes of his rivals.
He surged back to tie with three birdies over the next six holes.
But this was all about the 22-year-old Spieth, who was winning for the fifth time in a remarkable season, which has catapulted him to global prominence.
“No matter what, it’s a dream come true season”, Spieth said.
The Swede paid for a shank on the 17th, costing him a double bogey, and could only manage a 72 to finish tied for second with Rose and Lee. “It has been an awesome ride”, said Day, who now has a chance to pass Spieth for PGA Tour player of the year honors.
Day said the 2015 Open Championship at St. Andrews in July was the spark he needed to get his mind focused on winning consistently. “It’s hard to argue that”.
Rory McIlroy, who was in that No. 1 rotation, shot 4-over 74 – he had triple bogey on the par-4 17th – and finished 1 over.
Day fell short of the $10 million payoff after collecting two earlier wins during the Playoffs. It topped the 23 in 1974.
Phil Mickelson, 1 of the best players ever, has never won 2 majors or 5+ times in a PGA Tour season.
Spieth, who also won the US Tour’s Valspar Championship and John Deere Classic, admitted he was stung into action by his back-to-back missed cuts in the first two playoffs events.
Spieth added a final round of 69 as his nearest challengers heading into the final day failed to mount a serious bid for the title in round four. It also locked up the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average of the year.
The only question he couldn’t answer was what he will do for an encore.
“I have an opportunity now, with a year like this and a bonus like that, to celebrate and to share it with the people that have made it possible”, Spieth said, via Steve DiMeglio of USA Today Sports. Montgomerie shot a 5-under 67, missing a 6-foot par putt on the par-5 18th to fall to 8-under 135.