Thomas v Spieth: A Friendly Rivalry

At No. 1 and No. 2 in the FedExCup Standings, 24-year-old superstars Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas have taken turns as the Toast of the Tour over the past couple of months.

Since late June, Spieth has won the Travelers Championship and The Open Championship, his third career major triumph, in addition to solo runner-up finishes in the first two FedExCup Playoff events.

Despite his tremendous season, Spieth feels he’s in the third spot, behind Thomas and Dustin Johnson, relative to Player of the Year honors.

“I would put myself in third behind Justin and Dustin,” Spieth said last week at TPC Boston.

Thomas started his season about as hot as a player can, and then cooled off some in the summer. But he’s recently rediscovered his game with wins at the PGA Championship, his first career major victory, and at the Dell Technologies Championship. Sandwiched between those marquee victories was a T6 at the playoff-opening The Northern Trust.

Spieth has enjoyed watching his best friend’s breakthrough season.

“I just think we grew up together. I think that happens with the people that — I mean, you grow up and you watch each other work from when you’re 14 years old,” said Spieth. “We roomed together when we were 14 years old. He’s one of my best friends in the whole world.”

With just two events left in the season, the friends are neck-and-neck in the race to be named PGA Tour Player of the Year.

With both winning one 2017 major apiece, Thomas’ five victories and 11 top 10s likely has him out front of Spieth’s three victories and three runner-ups. But Spieth feels a FedExCup Championship, which he currently leads Thomas by a narrow 27-point margin in the standings, could tip the scales back in his favor.

“I think it comes between — it’s probably Justin’s. But I think that, again, it’s very much in the air,” said Spieth. “If any of us were to win the FedExCup title, it’s Player of the Year.”

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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