Jordan Spieth caps incredible rookie season

Jordan Spieth is the future of American golf. (USATSI)
Jordan Spieth is the future of American golf. (USATSI)

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Jordan Spieth's rookie season was like something out of a fictional golf novel. A little over the top and not totally believable.

Except that I watched it with my own eyes and I watched the 19-year-old rookie with zero PGA Tour status transform himself into a 20-year-old superstar who led the PGA Tour in top 10 finishes (!) and swiped a spot on the Presidents Cup squad from Jim Furyk.

Most impressive, maybe, was his finish in the FedEx Cup race. Spieth finished seventh, ahead of Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day, and Dustin Johnson (among many others). 

It was the highest finish by a rookie in the short history of the FedEx Cup. Here's a look at the list:

Jordan Spieth (2013) -- 7th
Keegan Bradley (2011) -- 20th
Marc Leishman (2009) -- 20th
Brandt Snedeker (2007) -- 20th
Andres Romero (2008) -- 28th
John Huh (2012) -- 29th

That's it, that's the list.

After his brilliant 64 on Sunday at the Tour Championship Spieth noted that he wasn't trying to do anything special. 

"I just wanted another good Sunday. I wanted to get in a top three finish. I wanted to get out and play smart golf today."

He did that and more. His T2 finish was good for $1.5 million ($700,000 for both the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup finish) and, more importantly, the respect of the golf world:

Now Spieth will take his talents to the Presidents Cup to see if he can infuse the American squad with some of that Texas swagger he displayed all season on Tour. 

He's certainly not short on it, confidence that is. After wrapping up his season on Sunday Spieth noted how much he loves the cauldron. 

"It's night and day (confidence). My stroke felt really good on the back nine today when I was feeling the pressure."

That pressure only goes up from here.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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