Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth
— Golfer —
Spieth in February 2015
Personal information
Full name Jordan Alexander Spieth
Born (1993-07-27) July 27, 1993
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.
College University of Texas
(1.5 years)
Turned professional 2012
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
(Wins: 2)
Masters Tournament Won: 2015
U.S. Open Won: 2015
The Open Championship T4: 2015
PGA Championship 2nd: 2015
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
PGA Player of the Year 2015
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
PGA Tour
leading money winner
FedEx Cup Champion 2015
Vardon Trophy 2015
Byron Nelson Award 2015

Jordan Alexander Spieth (; ; born July 27, 1993) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour, and former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is a two-time major winner and the defending FedEx Cup champion.[1]

Spieth won his first major at the 2015 Masters Tournament 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 then won the 2015 U.S. Open with a final score of 5-under-par.[2] He is the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923. He followed up with a win in the 2015 Tour Championship, which clinched the 2015 FedEx Cup.


  • Background 1
  • Amateur career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • 2013 3.1
    • 2014 3.2
    • 2015 3.3
      • 2015 Masters 3.3.1
      • 2015 U.S. Open 3.3.2
      • Rest of 2015 3.3.3
  • Charity 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Professional wins (8) 6
    • PGA Tour wins (6) 6.1
    • PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1) 6.2
    • Other wins (1) 6.3
  • Major championships 7
    • Wins (2) 7.1
    • Results timeline 7.2
    • Summary 7.3
  • Results in World Golf Championships 8
  • U.S. national team appearances 9
  • Equipment 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Spieth was born in Dallas, Texas, to Shawn T. Spieth and Mary Christine (née Julius) Spieth. He attended St. Monica Catholic School[3] and graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 2011.[4][5]

Amateur career

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.[6] He finished second in the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championship.[7] The American Junior Golf Association named him the Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2009.[8]

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.[9] The tournament's previous exemptions had included Trip Kuehne in 1995, and Justin Leonard and Woods in 1993.[9] He made the cut, becoming the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event.[10] Spieth was tied for seventh place after the third round, and finished the tournament in a tie for 16th place.[11] He was offered another exemption into the tournament in 2011, when he again made the cut and finished in a tie for 32nd.[12]

Spieth played college golf for the Longhorns at the University of Texas.[13] 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.[14]

In his freshman year at Texas, Spieth won three events and led the team in scoring average.[15] 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.[16][17]

Spieth earned a spot in the U.S. Open in 2012 as an alternate after Brandt Snedeker withdrew;[16] he tied for 21st and was the low amateur.[18] 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.[19]

Professional career

Midway through his sophomore year at Texas in 2012, the 19-year-old Spieth turned professional.[20] He partnered with Under Armour for sponsorship in January 2013[21] 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 earned Special Temporary Member status in March, allowing him unlimited sponsor exemptions, whereas non-members are limited to seven per season.[22] He notched another top-10 finish in April at the RBC Heritage, a tie for ninth.[12]

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 to do so since Ralph Guldahl won the Santa Monica Open in 1931. Spieth holed out from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to make the playoff.[23][24]

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.[25] Five weeks after his first victory, Spieth played the Wyndham Championship, where he lost in a playoff to Patrick Reed. Spieth shot a final round 62 in the Deutsche Bank Championship, vaulting him into a tie for fourth. 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 Official World Golf Ranking.[26]


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.[27][28] His finish moved him into the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time.[29]

Following the PGA Championship, Spieth earned selection to the 2014 Ryder Cup team, becoming the youngest American to play in the matches for 85 years since Horton Smith in 1929.[30]

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]


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

On April 9, Spieth shot an opening round 64 to finish the day eight strokes under par with a three-shot lead in the

External links

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See also

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  • Ball: Titleist Pro V1X

As of April 9, 2015.[57]




U.S. national team appearances

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

Tournament 2013 2014 2015
Cadillac Championship DNP T34 T17
Cadillac Match Play Championship DNP QF R64
Bridgestone Invitational DNP 49 T10
HSBC Champions 17 T35
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Results in World Golf Championships

  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2015 Masters – 2015 PGA, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (2015 Masters – 2015 PGA, current)
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 1 0 0 1 1 3 4 3
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 3
PGA Championship 0 1 0 1 1 1 3 1
Totals 2 2 0 5 5 7 12 9


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

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T2 1
U.S. Open T21LA CUT T17 1
The Open Championship DNP T44 T36 T4
PGA Championship DNP CUT CUT 2

Results timeline

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2015 Masters Tournament 4 shot lead −18 (64-66-70-70=270) 4 strokes Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose
2015 U.S. Open Tied for lead −5 (68-67-71-69=275) 1 stroke Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen

Wins (2)

Major championships

Other wins (1)

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

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2013 John Deere Classic David Hearn, Zach Johnson Won with par on fifth extra hole
2 2013 Wyndham Championship Patrick Reed Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 2015 Valspar Championship Sean O'Hair, Patrick Reed Won with birdie on third extra hole
4 2015 Shell Houston Open J. B. Holmes, Johnson Wagner Holmes won with par on second extra hole
Spieth eliminated with par on first hole
5 2015 John Deere Classic Tom Gillis Won with par on second extra hole
PGA Tour playoff record (3–2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Jul 14, 2013 John Deere Classic 70-65-65-65=265 −19 Playoff David Hearn, Zach Johnson
2 Mar 15, 2015 Valspar Championship 70-67-68-69=274 −10 Playoff Sean O'Hair, Patrick Reed
3 Apr 12, 2015 Masters Tournament 64-66-70-70=270 −18 4 strokes Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose
4 Jun 21, 2015 U.S. Open 68-67-71-69=275 −5 1 stroke Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen
5 Jul 12, 2015 John Deere Classic (2) 71-64-61-68=264 −20 Playoff Tom Gillis
6 Sep 27, 2015 The Tour Championship 68-66-68-69=271 −9 4 strokes Danny Lee, Justin Rose,
Henrik Stenson
Major championships (2)
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour events (3)

PGA Tour wins (6)

Professional wins (8)

Jordan is the son of Chris and Shawn Spieth, both natives of Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Donald Spieth, is a music teacher at Moravian College and Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he was a long-time conductor of the former Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra.[51] The Spieths are of German descent. Jordan has two younger siblings, Steven and Ellie.[52][53] Steven is a basketball player at Brown University. Ellie has grown up with disabilities and Spieth has credited her with keeping him grounded and focused as well as keeping the game of golf in perspective. He has been linked to Annie Verret, who works at The First Tee after graduating from Texas Tech.[54] Spieth is Catholic and attends PGA Tour Bible study meetings with other players.[55][56]

Personal life

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.[50]


Spieth swept all the major awards for the season: PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy), Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for leading the tour in scoring average, and Arnold Palmer Award for leading the tour's money list.[49]

Spieth missed the cut in The Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship, the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs. However, his tied for 13th finish at the BMW Championship kept him second overall in the standings. Only needing a victory to clinch the championship, Spieth won the 2015 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club by four strokes. With the win, his fifth of the year, Spieth became the ninth FedEx Cup champion and earned a $10 million bonus for winning the Cup. Spieth won $12,030,485 (not including the $10 million bonus) in 2015, a PGA Tour record for a single year. He also regained the world number one ranking.[1]

After finishing second behind Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship, he became the world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is the 18th different golfer to earn the honor. He was number one for two weeks in August 2015 and one week in September.

The week before The Open, Spieth chose to play at the John Deere Classic rather than the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, where many other top-ranked players were competing to prepare for the links style courses.[46] Spieth shot the lowest round of his professional career to date, with a 61 in the 3rd round.[47] He eventually won the tournament in a playoff for his fourth victory of the year. Spieth's quest for the grand slam ended when he finished tied 4th in The Open Championship with a final score of –14, one stroke out of a playoff. He had been tied for the lead but bogeyed the 17th hole to drop one stroke behind and could not make his birdie on the 18th to join the playoff.[48]

Rest of 2015

Spieth became only the sixth player ever to win the Masters and the U.S. Open back to back, and the first since Tiger Woods in 2002.[43] The other four golfers to accomplish this feat are Hall of Fame members Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.[44][45] He became the fourth-youngest player to win multiple major championships and the youngest winner of the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923.

On June 21, Spieth won the U.S. Open to claim his second major championship. He carded a one-under 69 in the final round to finish with a total of 275 (-5) and win the tournament by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Spieth had begun the day in a four way tie for the lead and played in the penultimate group alongside Branden Grace. He opened his final round with a bogey to fall behind, but then a run 12 pars and two birdies in his next 14 holes moved him into a tie for the lead with Grace at five under par. On the 16th hole, Grace hit his tee shot out of bounds that led to a double bogey and Spieth capitalized by rolling in a lengthy birdie putt to create a three shot swing, which gave Spieth a three shot lead with two to play. However, on the 17th tee, Spieth pushed his tee shot well right into the thick rough, which led to a double bogey and coupled with Johnson's birdie on the 16th, the two were tied for the lead briefly. Spieth then missed an eagle putt on the 18th to give him a two shot lead, but made birdie to become the leader in the clubhouse. Johnson then had an eagle putt to win the tournament outright on the 72nd hole, but three-putted from 12 feet to finish one stroke behind.

2015 U.S. Open

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]

[38] in 1976, was 13-under 131. He broke the 54-hole record at the Masters shooting a 16-under 200 through three rounds.Raymond Floyd 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 [37], with their rounds coming in 1986 and 1996 respectively.Greg Norman and Nick Price His score was only one shot behind the course record of 63 shared by [36]