Jordan Spieth

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Jordan Spieth
— Golfer —
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Spieth in August 2011
Personal information
Born (1993-07-27) July 27, 1993 (age 21)
Dallas, Texas
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Dallas, Texas
College University of Texas
Turned professional 2012
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 2014
U.S. Open T17: 2014
The Open Championship T36: 2014
PGA Championship CUT: 2013, 2014
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Jordan Spieth (born July 27, 1993) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. On March 15, 2015 at the Valspar Championship he won to become the third youngest player in PGA Tour history to win multiple PGA Tour events, behind Tiger Woods and Sergio García. He became the fourth player ever to win more than one before turning 22, following Woods, Garcia and Robert Gamez.[1]


Spieth was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where he attended St. Monica Catholic School and Jesuit College Preparatory School (class of 2011).[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011, joining Tiger Woods as its only multiple winners.[3] Before turning 18 in July 2011, he was No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, which determines the best junior golfers in the United States.[4] He finished second in the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championship.[5] The American Junior Golf Association named him the Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2009.[6]

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.[2] The tournament's previous exemptions had included Trip Kuehne in 1995, and Justin Leonard and Woods in 1993.[2] Spieth made the cut, becoming, at that time, the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event.[7] Spieth was tied for 7th place after the third round, and finished the tournament in a tie for 16th place.[8] He was offered another exemption into the tournament in 2011, when he again made the cut and finished in a tie for 32nd.[9]

Spieth played college golf for the Longhorns at the University of Texas.[10] 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.[11]

In his freshman year at Texas, Spieth won three events and led the team in scoring average.[12] 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.[13][14]

Spieth earned a spot in the U.S. Open in 2012 as an alternate after Brandt Snedeker withdrew;[13] he tied for 21st and was the low amateur.[15] 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.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Midway through his sophomore year at Texas, Spieth turned professional in December 2012 at age 19.[17] He partnered with Under Armour for sponsorship in January 2013,[18] and with BioSteel Sports Supplements in March.


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 notched another top-10 finish in April at the RBC Heritage, a tie for ninth.[9] He earned Special Temporary Member status in March, allowing him unlimited sponsor exemptions.[19]

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.[20][21]

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.[22] Only 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, Spieth was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. He ended the 2013 season 10th on the PGA Tour money list, and ranked 22nd in the world, after beginning the year 810th with no status.[citation needed]


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 and became the youngest runner-up in Masters history, subsequently moving into the world's top 10. Spieth also ended the tournament having shot no worse than an even-par (72) in any of his rounds.[23][24] His finish moved him into the top-10 in the world rankings for the first time.[25]

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.[26] A week later Spieth 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.[27]


On March 15, Spieth 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.[28] The win moved him to a career-high of 6th in the world rankings.[29] A runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open moved him to fourth in the OWGR.


Spieth has two younger siblings.[30][31]


Spieth's earning a spot on the 2013 Presidents Cup team was not only historic but it was one of the catalysts which led him to start the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust.[32] The PGA Tour's $150,000 donation, along with personal contributions and sponsor matches started the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust in 2013 as a platform to lend time, awareness, and financial assistance to special needs youth, military families, and junior golf.[citation needed]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
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

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

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

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)[edit]

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

Other wins: (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T2
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
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
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 0 1 0 1 1 3 7 5
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2014 Masters – 2014 Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

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
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]




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  32. ^ Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust

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