The event runs Thursday-Sunday as it always has, but the number of matches has been reduced from 34 to 30 after the PGA Tour changed the rules and format at the behest of returning worldwide captain Nick Price.
He had two in the four-hole playoff. By the end of the season Spieth is likely to be pulling in $5 million to $10 million in annual endorsements, said Matt Delzell, managing director of The Marketing Arm, who negotiates such endorsement deals.
And now, with a final-round 66 on the Old Course, followed by a 1-under-par effort in the aggregate playoff, Johnson’s name is engraved alongside the likes of Jones, Snead, Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Woods, Mickelson and many, many more.
“But I’ll have a smile on my face and enjoy walking around St. Andrews, I can tell you that”. And right now there’s nothing Spieth wants more than his name on the claret jug that goes to the British Open victor.