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$10-m man Spieth back as no. 1

PHILADELPHIA—The Atlanta Hawks, fresh off a victory over LeBron James and Cleveland, saw their six-game win streak snapped Saturday by the NBA’s second-worst team, Philadelphia, while the Cavaliers ripped Phoenix.

ATLANTA—Jordan Spieth believes the mental toughness he has acquired over a rollercoaster season of remarkable highs and occasional lows can help him stay near the top of the golfing world for the next 20 years.

Jordan Spieth of the United States poses on the 18th green after winning both the TOUR Championship By Coca-Cola and the FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, AFP

The 22-year-old Texan capped a superb year on Sunday by clinching victory in the season-ending Tour Championships at East Lake in Atlanta, a win that saw him pocket the $10 million bonus on offer to the winner of the FedEx Cup.

The victory took Spieth’s earnings for 2015 to an incredible $22 million -- $1 million for every year he has been on the planet -- and saw him return to the top of the world rankings as number one.

Spieth, who won the Masters and the US Open this season and finished tied for fourth at the British Open and runner-up at the PGA Championship, said his ability to return to form after disappointing displays was one of the main takeaways of the year.

“It’s the greatest season I’ve ever had, obviously,” he said.

“But it’s one where I believe we took our game on course and off course to a level that I didn’t think would be possible at different times in my life.”

Spieth revealed he had been bitterly disappointed at his failure to make the cut at The Players Championship in May following his astonishing victory in the Masters the previous month.

However, he recovered from that setback to win the US Open the following month and set up his ultimately unsuccessful tilt at a golfing Grand Slam in the same year.

“What this season did is it proved that we can maintain that high level throughout the year, even when a couple weeks get off, you can get it back quickly,” Spieth said.

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