Jordan Spieth

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Jordan Spieth
— Golfer —
Jordan Spieth February 2015.jpg
Spieth in February 2015
Personal information
Full name Jordan Alexander Spieth
Born (1993-07-27) July 27, 1993 (age 21)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Career
College University of Texas
(1.5 years)
Turned professional 2012
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament Won: 2015
U.S. Open T17: 2014
The Open Championship T36: 2014
PGA Championship CUT: 2013, 2014
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2013

Jordan Alexander Spieth (/ˈspθ/; SPEETH; born July 27, 1993) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour, currently ranked second in the world rankings.

Spieth won his first major at the Masters in 2015 with a score of 270 (−18), earning him $1.8 million. Spieth tied the 72-hole record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and became the second youngest to win the Masters, behind Woods. He is the third-youngest player in PGA Tour history to win multiple events, behind Woods and Sergio García. Spieth is the fourth player to win multiple events before turning 22, following Woods, García, and Robert Gamez.[1]

Background[edit]

Spieth was born in Dallas, Texas, to Shawn T. Spieth and Mary Christine (née Julius) Spieth, both natives of Pennsylvania. He has two siblings, Steven and Ellen.[2][3] The Spieth brothers both attended St. Monica Catholic School[4] and graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School. Jordan graduated JCPS in 2011.[5] Spieth's paternal grandfather, Donald Spieth, is a retired orchestra conductor.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011, joining Tiger Woods as its only multiple winners. Before turning 18 in July 2011, he was No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, which promotes the best junior golfers in the United States.[7] He finished second in the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championship.[8] The American Junior Golf Association named him the Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2009.[9]

Spieth accepted an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010. It was the event's first amateur exemption since 1995.[10] The tournament's previous exemptions had included Trip Kuehne in 1995, and Justin Leonard and Woods in 1993.[10] He made the cut, becoming the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event.[11] Spieth was tied for seventh place after the third round, and finished the tournament in a tie for 16th place.[12] He was offered another exemption into the tournament in 2011, when he again made the cut and finished in a tie for 32nd.[13]

Spieth played college golf for the Longhorns at the University of Texas.[14] Spieth was a member of the 2011 Walker Cup team, and played in three of the four rounds, halving his foursomes match and winning both singles matches.[15]

In his freshman year at Texas, Spieth won three events and led the team in scoring average.[16] He helped his team win the NCAA championship, was named to the All-Big 12 Team, Big 12 Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year, and was a first-team All-American.[17][18]

Spieth earned a spot in the U.S. Open in 2012 as an alternate after Brandt Snedeker withdrew;[17] he tied for 21st and was the low amateur.[19] He became the number one amateur in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after his performance in the U.S. Open and Patrick Cantlay's decision to turn professional.[20]

Professional career[edit]

Midway through his sophomore year at Texas in 2012, the 19-year-old Spieth turned professional.[21] He partnered with Under Armour for sponsorship in January 2013[22] and with BioSteel Sports Supplements in March.

2013[edit]

Spieth opened the 2013 season by missing the cut by two strokes at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January. In March, Spieth made three cuts, finishing tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open and tied for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship. He earned Special Temporary Member status in March, allowing him unlimited sponsor exemptions, where as non-members are limited to seven per season.[23] He notched another top-10 finish in April at the RBC Heritage, a tie for ninth.[13]

On July 14, about two weeks before his 20th birthday, Spieth won the John Deere Classic in a three-way, sudden-death playoff on the fifth playoff hole against defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn. He became the fourth youngest PGA Tour winner and the first teenager in 82 years; last accomplished by Ralph Guldahl at the Santa Monica Open in 1931. Spieth holed out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to make the playoff.[24][25]

With the victory, Spieth was granted full status as a PGA Tour member and became eligible for the FedEx Cup, entering in 11th place in the standings. It also earned him entry into the next three majors: the 2013 Open Championship, PGA Championship, and 2014 Masters. He moved to 59th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[26] Five weeks after his first victory, Spieth played the Wyndham Championship, where he lost in a playoff to Patrick Reed. The runner-up finish moved him up to 36th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Spieth shot a final round 62 in the Deutsche Bank Championship, vaulting him into a tie for fourth and 28th in the OWGR. Just two days later, captain Fred Couples selected Spieth for the United States squad in the 2013 Presidents Cup. On September 27, 2013, he was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. At the end of the 2013 season, he was ranked 10th on the PGA Tour money list and 22nd in the world.[27]

2014[edit]

Spieth made his debut at The Masters and shared the 54-hole lead with Bubba Watson. During the final round, Spieth at one point was the standalone leader by two strokes and in position to become the youngest Masters champion in history; Tiger Woods holds the record at age 21. But Watson retook the lead heading into the back nine and never relinquished it. Spieth finished in a tie for second with Jonas Blixt, becoming the youngest runner-up in Masters history. Spieth ended the tournament having shot no worse than an even-par (72) in any of his rounds.[28][29] His finish moved him into the top-10 in the world rankings for the first time.[30]

Following the PGA Championship, Spieth earned selection to the 2014 Ryder Cup team, becoming the youngest American, at just past his 21st birthday, ever to play in the matches,[citation needed] and the second youngest player ever, older only than Sergio García when García was selected for Europe in 1999.[citation needed]

In November, Spieth won his second tournament as a professional at the Emirates Australian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia; in the final round he shot a course-record 63 to win the title by six strokes.[31] A week later, he completed back-to-back victories, winning the Hero World Challenge in Florida. He won the tournament wire-to-wire and in doing so set a new tournament scoring record of 26-under-par.[32]

2015[edit]

On March 15, he won the Valspar Championship in a three-way playoff with Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair. He secured his victory on the third extra hole by sinking a 30-foot birdie putt.[33] The win moved him to 6th in the Official World Golf Ranking.[34]

A runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open moved him to a career-high ranking of fourth in the world. The following week, Spieth lost in a sudden-death playoff at the Shell Houston Open, having held the 54-hole lead. He shot a final round 70, but had to hole an 8-footer on the last to force the playoff following low rounds by J. B. Holmes and Johnson Wagner that had pushed them to the top of the leaderboard. On the first playoff hole, Spieth put his drive into a bunker, then followed up with a poor shot, causing his elimination from the playoff, which was won by Holmes.[35]

2015 Masters[edit]

On April 9, Spieth shot an opening round 64 to finish the day eight strokes under par with a three-shot lead in the Masters Tournament at Augusta, Georgia; Spieth set a record as the youngest player to lead the Masters after the first round.[36] His score was only one shot behind the course record of 63 shared by Nick Price and Greg Norman, with their rounds coming in 1986 and 1996 respectively.[37] Spieth shot 66 the following day to break the 36-hole Masters scoring record by posting 14-under 130 through two rounds. The previous record, set by Raymond Floyd in 1976, was 13-under 131. He broke the 54-hole record at the Masters shooting a 16-under 200 through three rounds.[38]

During the final round Spieth briefly held a score of −19 but bogeyed the final hole resulting in him tying Tiger Woods' 1997 score record at 18-under. Spieth set the record for the most birdies during the Masters by making 28 and became the second-youngest person to win the Masters.[39] His victory was the first wire-to-wire Masters win since Raymond Floyd's in 1976.[40][41] The victory moved Spieth to #2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.[42]

Charity[edit]

After earning a spot on the 2013 Presidents Cup team, Spieth began to plan the Jordan Spieth Charitable Fund. The fund provides awareness and financial assistance to special needs children, military families and youth golf.[43]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour events (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runners-up
1 Jul 14, 2013 John Deere Classic 70-65-65-65=265 −19 Playoff Canada David Hearn, United States Zach Johnson
2 Mar 15, 2015 Valspar Championship 70-67-68-69=274 −10 Playoff United States Sean O'Hair, United States Patrick Reed
3 Apr 12, 2015 Masters Tournament 64-66-70-70=270 −18 4 strokes United States Phil Mickelson, England Justin Rose

PGA Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2013 John Deere Classic Canada David Hearn, United States Zach Johnson Won with par on fifth extra hole
2 2013 Wyndham Championship United States Patrick Reed Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 2015 Valspar Championship United States Sean O'Hair, United States Patrick Reed Won with birdie on third extra hole
4 2015 Shell Houston Open United States J. B. Holmes, United States Johnson Wagner Holmes won with par on second extra hole
Spieth eliminated with par on first hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up
1 Nov 30, 2014 Emirates Australian Open 67-72-69-63=271 −13 6 strokes Australia Rod Pampling

Other wins: (1)[edit]

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2015 Masters Tournament 4 shot lead −18 (64-66-70-70=270) 4 strokes United States Phil Mickelson, England Justin Rose

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T2 1
U.S. Open T21LA CUT T17
The Open Championship DNP T44 T36
PGA Championship DNP CUT CUT

LA = Low amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins, yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 1 1 0 2 2 2 2 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 1 1 0 2 2 4 9 6
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2014 Masters – 2014 Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015
Cadillac Championship DNP T34 T17
Cadillac Match Play Championship DNP QF T17
Bridgestone Invitational DNP 49
HSBC Champions 17 T35

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
Yellow background for top-10.

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

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