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Monday 5 December 2016

Golf: Jordan Spieth 'free-rolling' towards big payday

Jordan Spieth's weekend went from bad to worse
Jordan Spieth's weekend went from bad to worse

World number two Jordan Spieth believes he is "freerolling" towards a possible 10 million US dollars payday in the FedEx Cup play-offs.

Whatever happens in the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Chicago, Spieth will be among the top five players in the standings at next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.

And that means the Masters and US Open champion would be guaranteed to win the overall FedEx Cup title - and with it that eight-figure bonus - if he was to claim a fifth victory of the year at East Lake.

"It's really just a free-rolling scenario," the 22-year-old American said.

"You want to win because you want to win a PGA Tour event, (but) as far as the final tally for the FedEx Cup, it's not going to make much of a difference if I win this week or finish 70th because I'll be in the top five and you control your own destiny.

"But it is an interesting scenario because of the reshuffle before the last event, and it makes you feel like you may as well go for broke here and play some shots under pressure that are more dangerous so that you can almost have it ready for next week."

Spieth has made an early exit from the first two play-off events, but with the 70-man field facing no cut this week, he joked it was nice to be able to tell hotel staff he would definitely not be checking out until Sunday.

"I feel very confident about where I'm at right this second," he said. "As the week goes on, I'll probably work more and more again to try and peak for next week, approach it like it's a major championship.

"The weeks before majors this year have been good weeks for me, so I feel confident."

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