JERSEY CITY, N.J. – To realize how far he has come, Jordan Spieth only has to consider the last time The Barclays was played at Liberty National. He was about 30 miles away at Trump National, winning the U.S. Junior Amateur at age 16.
Four years later, Spieth not only is in the big leagues, he's trying to make the All-Star Game.
With a win at the John Deere Classic and a playoff loss last week at the Wyndham Championship, the 20-year-old Texan goes into the playoffs with the No. 8 seed and would seem to be a shoo-in to reach the Tour Championship.
Tiger Woods was the last player to start a season with no status and reach the Tour Championship.
''It's pretty wild,'' Spieth said. ''Each year ... I have a goal to achieve, to reach that new, higher level. And so far each year, I've been on track. This year, I maybe skipped a few steps. Like I've said before, I don't really think of my age as my age. When you're out here, everyone is your peer. New goals come up each day that I'm trying to reach out and accomplish. You can't ever really rest out here. Everybody passes you up.''
Since the FedExCup began in 2007, the No. 8 seed at the start has reached the Tour Championship every year.
Woods reached the Tour Championship in 1996 the old way, when it was the top 30 on the money list. He won twice in seven events after winning the U.S. Amateur for the third straight time.