Spieth’s earnings for the year surpass $9 million

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Many felt sorry for Jordan Spieth when he came up a stroke short Monday in the British Open.

Spieth, the 21-year-old phenom from Dallas, who was trying to join Ben Hogan as the only professional-era golfer to win the first three majors of the season, parred the final hole at the Old Course at St. Andrews to miss out on a playoff, won by Zach Johnson.

Hogan won the first three majors in 1953. Spieth’s share of fourth place still brought him a paycheck of $460,377.

That meant that, in just four events on the tour — the Masters he won in April, the U.S. Open he won in June, the John Deere Classic he won in July, and the British — he had winnings of $4,906,377.

The winner’s take at the Masters and the U.S. Open were $1.8 million each; at the John Deere, $846,000. His winning spree sent his prize money for the year to $9,170,215. Spieth is now already 75th on the PGA Tour in career prize money, with $17,392,783.

Tiger Woods leads with $109, 837, 612, followed by Phil Mickelson with $77, 200, 795.

With five months to go, Spieth should easily surpass the $10-million mark, with an additional $10-million FedEx Cup purse also a possibility.

Also, while he didn’t win the Claret Jug, the legendary trophy that goes to the winner for the next year, he didn’t miss out completely on it. A photo released on Wednesday showed Spieth returning to the U.S. with Johnson on the same private plane and being allowed a swig of something from the Jug.

Johnson is pictured standing nearby, seeming to enjoy sharing his prize.

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