/Spieth's big lesson on closing paid big dividends

Spieth's big lesson on closing paid big dividends


AP
7:33 p.m. EST December 2, 2015

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jordan Spieth ends 2015 with two majors, the No. 1 ranking and no doubts about his ability to close out tournaments.

That wasn’t the case at this time a year ago.

Not only was he winless, but Spieth three times had failed to convert at least a share of the 54-hole lead into a trophy, including the Masters and The Players Championship. With two events left on his 2014 schedule, he rallied to win the Australian Open and then went wire-to-wire for a 10-shot victory in the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth.

“I had four or five leads going into weekend in 2014 in the PGA Tour season, and each time you don’t come through you wonder what’s wrong. Is it me? Is it my game?” he said Wednesday. “And then you hear the noise of, ‘He’s a good player but he can’t close,’ and this and that. Whether you try to hear it or not, it still comes in. And that’s a tough thing to get over.”

Those doubts are gone.

Those two wins at the end of last year served as a springboard to a spectacular season in which Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open among his five titles, captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million…

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