Birdies & Bogeys: FedEx Cup Playoffs

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Birdies & Bogeys: FedEx Cup Playoffs

September 27, 2015

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Birdie: Jordan Spieth

So much for that player of the year debate. After two missed cuts to start the playoffs, Spieth came back with a T-13 at the BMW Championship and then a four-shot victory at the Tour Championship. That fifth win of the season earned him the $10 million bonus and made Spieth, 22, the youngest FedEx Cup champ ever. And in winning the season finale, Spieth capped off a two-major campaign that will go down as one of the greatest years in golf history.

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Birdie: Jason Day

The Aussie didn't come away with the FedEx Cup, but nobody was more impressive during the postseason. Not only did Day win two of the four events, he won each by six shots.

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Birdie: Henrik Stenson

The most consistent player in the playoffs, Stenson finished runner-up in three of the four events, and T-10 in the other. By the way, that final 57-footer for birdie on the last hole moved Stenson up to second in the final FedEx Cup standings and earned the Swede an extra million bucks.

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Bogey: Rory McIlroy

After a disappointing season in the major championships that allowed Jordan Spieth and Jason Day to stake their claim as golf's best, McIlroy entered the playoffs extra motivated. But he never got it going, finishing in the top 10 in just one of four events.

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Bogey: Jimmy Walker

No one has led the FedEx Cup standings for more weeks the past two seasons, but yet for a second year in a row, Walker was a non-factor in the postseason. The 36-year-old Texan finished T-69, MC, T-32 and T-18 (out of 29) in the four playoff events.

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Birdie: Rickie Fowler

Despite not having a major title on his resume, Fowler was able to stir talk of golf's "Big 4" following his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The champagne toast he gave to the media in the press center after didn't hurt.

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Bogey: Brooks Koepka

Coming off three consecutive top-six finishes, including a T-5 at the PGA Championship, Koepka was a popular choice to win the FedEx Cup. Instead, he missed the first two cuts -- something that didn't help with Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas overlooking him -- and was never a factor.

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Birdie: Daniel Berger

After a promising start to 2015 with a playoff loss at the Honda Classic, Berger took a brutal six straight missed cuts into the playoffs. But after failing to make the weekend at the Barclays, he finished T-12 in Boston and runner-up in Chicago to be the only rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship.

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Birdie: FedEx Cup Playoffs

Jason Day. Rickie Fowler. Jason Day. Jordan Spieth. The FedEx Cup couldn't have asked for better winners of the four events -- and a more deserving champion of the season-long race.

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Bogey: FedEx Cup Playoffs timing

Why is this still going up against football? On Sunday, Jordan Spieth's win was going up against the NFL, and on Saturday, NBC moved up its coverage of the third round so that it could still show the Notre Dame game at 3:30. You know, the Fighting Irish's big tilt against UMass.

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