Spieth aims to make cut and history

NEW YORK • Jordan Spieth can become the PGA Tour's first US$11 million (S$15.5 million) man - if he wins this weekend's PGA Championship.

The 22-year-old, winner of this year's Masters and US Open, would become the first golfer to pocket more than US$11 million in PGA Tour earnings in a season should he claim a third major title at Whistling Straits.

"He now goes into each Major plotting, planning and on a mission, preparing himself for a win," said six-time Major champion Nick Faldo, a golf analyst for CBS Sports.

"I pride myself on the couple of Majors I won and went there with the intention to win when I was in my 30s.

"This young man now goes to the Majors with the intention to win, and that's pretty darn impressive for a 22-year-old."

Spieth's haul this season is more than US$9.3 million through 20 PGA Tour events, including US$1.8 million each for his triumphs at both the Masters and US Open. The top prize at the PGA Championship is also US$1.8 million.

Only two golfers have topped $10 million in official season prize money on the PGA Tour: Tiger Woods, in 2005, 2007 and 2009, and Vijay Singh, who brought in a record US$10.9 million by winning nine times in 29 events in 2004.

Spieth said one of the goals he set at the beginning of the year was to make the cut in all four Majors.

"They have gone according to plan up to this point," he said. "I've got some work to do these first two days and from there we'll work our butts off to try and get a third Major this year."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2015, with the headline 'Spieth aims to make cut and history'. Print Edition | Subscribe