Spieth in February 2015
|Full name||Jordan Alexander Spieth|
July 27, 1993 |
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Residence||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|College||University of Texas|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||2|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 2015|
|U.S. Open||Won: 2015|
|The Open Championship||Won: 2017|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 2015|
|Achievements and awards|
Rookie of the Year
|PGA Player of the Year||2015|
Player of the Year
leading money winner
|FedEx Cup Champion||2015|
|Vardon Trophy||2015, 2017|
|Byron Nelson Award||2015, 2017|
Jordan Alexander Spieth (//; SPEETH; 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 three-time major winner and the 2015 FedEx Cup champion. In April 2016, Time magazine named Spieth to its list of the "100 Most Influential People", noting that he "exemplifies everything that's great about sports."
Spieth's first major win came in the 2015 Masters Tournament, when he shot a 270 (−18) and pocketed $1.8 million. He tied the 72-hole record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and became the second youngest golfer (behind Woods) to win the Masters. He then won the 2015 U.S. Open with a score of 5-under-par. He was the youngest U.S. Open champion since amateur Bobby Jones in 1923. He followed up with a win in the 2015 Tour Championship, which clinched the 2015 FedEx Cup. Two years later, Spieth won his third major at the 2017 Open Championship, by three shots at 12 under-par.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Charity
- 6 Professional wins (14)
- 7 Major championships
- 8 Results in World Golf Championships
- 9 PGA Tour career summary
- 10 U.S. national team appearances
- 11 Equipment
- 12 See also
- 13 Notes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Spieth was born in 1993 in Dallas, Texas, to Shawn Spieth and Mary Christine (née Julius) Spieth. He attended St. Monica Catholic School and graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 2011. He learned to play golf at Brookhaven Country Club.
In 2009 and 2011, Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur and joined Tiger Woods as the tournament's only two-time winners. Before turning 18 in July 2011, he was No. 1 in the AJGA Golf Rankings, which promotes the best junior golfers in the world.
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. The tournament's previous exemptions had included Trip Kuehne in 1995, Justin Leonard, and Woods in 1993. He made the cut, becoming the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event. Spieth was tied for seventh place after the third round, and finished the tournament in a tie for 16th place. He was offered another exemption into the tournament in 2011, when he again made the cut and finished in a tie for 32nd.
Spieth played college golf at the University of Texas. Spieth was a member of the 2011 Walker Cup team and played in three of the four rounds; he halved his foursomes match and won both singles matches.
In his freshman year at Texas, Spieth won three events and led the team in scoring average. 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.
In 2012, Spieth earned a spot as an alternate in the U.S. Open after Brandt Snedeker withdrew from the tournament; he tied for 21st and was the low amateur. 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.
In 2012, 19-year-old Spieth turned professional midway through his sophomore year at Texas. He partnered with Under Armour for sponsorship in January 2013 and with BioSteel Sports Supplements in March.
In the 2013 season, Spieth played in his first tournament in January, where he missed the cut by two strokes at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. 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, which allowed him unlimited sponsor exemptions; non-members are limited to seven exemptions per season. He notched another top-10 finish in April at the RBC Heritage, a tie for ninth.
On July 14 (about two weeks before his 20th birthday) Spieth won the John Deere Classic on the fifth hole of a three-way, sudden-death playoff 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.
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. 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.
Spieth made his Masters debut in April and shared the 54-hole lead with Bubba Watson. During the final round, Spieth at one point was the stand-alone 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 with no scores above even-par (72) in any of his rounds. His finish moved him into the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time.
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. A week later, he completed consecutive 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.
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. The win moved him to 6th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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 nearly into the water, and then followed up with a poor shot into the green-side bunker, causing his elimination from the playoff, which was won by Holmes.
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. 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. 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.
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. His victory was the first wire-to-wire Masters win since Raymond Floyd's in 1976. The victory moved Spieth to #2 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
2015 U.S. Open
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 made birdie on the 18th 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.
Spieth became only the sixth player ever to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year, and the first since Tiger Woods in 2002. The other four golfers to accomplish this feat are Hall of Fame members Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus. 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.
Rest of 2015
The week before The Open Championship, 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. Spieth shot the lowest round of his professional career to date, with a 61 in the 3rd round. He eventually won the tournament in a playoff with Tom Gillis after Gillis hit the ball in the pond on the 2nd playoff hole. Spieth earned his fourth victory of the year. Spieth's quest for the grand slam ended when he finished tied for 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.
After finishing second behind Jason Day at the 2015 PGA Championship, he became the world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. He was the 18th different golfer to earn the honor. He was number one for two weeks in August 2015 and one week in September.
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.
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.
Spieth started the year when he won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a dominant display that saw him race to an eight stroke victory over Patrick Reed. His score of −30 was not only a personal best, it was also only the second time a player reached −30 in a 72-hole PGA Tour event, after Ernie Els achieved the feat in 2003 at the same event. Spieth also matched Tiger Woods, by winning his seventh PGA Tour event before the age of 23.
In April 2016, Spieth shot a bogey-free 66 during the first round of the Masters to open up a two shot lead over the field. He carded a two-over-par 74 during the second round, leading by one over Rory McIlroy entering the weekend. He led by one stroke after a third round 73. In the final round, after leading by five strokes heading into the back-nine, Spieth suffered one of the biggest collapses in Masters history, with many comparing it to the meltdown of Greg Norman at the 1996 Masters.[a] After bogeys at the 10th and 11th holes, Spieth hit two balls into the water at the par-3 12th hole, carding a quadruple-bogey and dropping him to a tie for fourth, three shots back. He finished second in the tournament, losing to Danny Willett by three strokes. Three-time Masters winner Nick Faldo, who won the 1996 tournament, said that Spieth's collapse "made Norman's feel like a joyful stroll down Magnolia Lane".
On May 29, 2016, Spieth returned to the winner's circle for the first time since his Masters collapse when he won the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. He birdied six holes on the back nine on Sunday to see off the challenge of Harris English by three strokes.
Following a strong showing in the 2016 FedEx Cup Playoffs, Spieth played a prominent role on a victorious U.S. Ryder Cup Team. As the worlds #3 ranked player, behind Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, Spieth was looked upon as a leader within the American's locker room, illustrating both his maturity as a 23-year-old as well as the respect his peers have for him.
In November, Spieth won the Emirates Australian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the second time in three years, shooting a final round 69 to finish at −12, level with Australians Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall. Spieth claimed the title on the first playoff hole with a birdie, while Hall missed his birdie opportunity. The win was Spieth's 11th of his professional career and his third of 2016.
Spieth began the year as defending champion at the SBS Tournament of Champions, but had to settle for a tie for third, six shots behind eventual winner Justin Thomas. The following week, at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Spieth again finished in third. Another top ten finish followed at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, to maintain Spieth's solid start to the year.
On February 12, in his 100th PGA Tour tournament as a professional, Spieth picked up his first victory of the year at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing at −19. With this win, Spieth became just the second man, along with Tiger Woods, to win nine times on the PGA Tour before the age of 24, post-World War II.
His next start saw him tied for 22nd at the Genesis Open, before finishing tied for 12th at the WGC-Mexico Championship. His next event was also a World Golf Championship event; the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Spieth was seeded 5th, but failed to progress out of the pool stage; a surprise loss to Japan's 54th seed Hideto Tanihara (who would go on to reach the semi-finals) in his opening match, ultimately costing him. Spieth's first missed cut of the year came a week later at the Shell Houston Open.
In his fourth appearance at the Masters, Spieth finished tied for 11th. This was the first time that he had failed to finish either first or second in the opening major of the year. Spieth entered the final round just two shots off the lead, but a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday put pay to his hopes of a second Green Jacket.
After finishing 4th alongside Ryan Palmer at the Zurich Classic, Spieth missed consecutive cuts at the Players Championship (his third successive missed cut at golf's unofficial "Fifth Major") and the AT&T Byron Nelson. A return to form came at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, where Spieth just missed out on successfully defending his title, finishing a shot behind eventual winner Kevin Kisner. A solid if unspectacular tie for 13th followed at The Memorial Tournament, his final start before the U.S. Open.
Spieth arrived at Erin Hills for the U.S. Open looking for a second victory at golf's second major in three years and a third major title overall. With big names, including the world's top-three (defending champion and world no. 1 Dustin Johnson, world no. 2 Rory McIlroy and world no. 3 Jason Day) all failing to make the cut, Spieth did manage to do so and with just eight shots covering all the players who made the weekend, it was anyone's title to win. For Spieth however, a 4-over-par 76 on Saturday put pay to any chances and he eventually finished at one-over-par for the tournament and in a tie for 35th.
The following week, Spieth made his debut at the Travelers Championship and began with a 7-under-par 63 to lead after the first round and kept his advantage heading into the final round. He ended the tournament at −12, along with Daniel Berger, who was seeking his second victory in three weeks. Spieth holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole to take his 10th PGA Tour title, just over a month shy of his 24th birthday.
On July 23, Spieth won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, giving him his third major title. Spieth tied for the lead after a first-round 65 and held the lead outright after the second and third rounds, leaving him three shots clear of Matt Kuchar heading into the final day. However, that lead was lost after three bogeys in his opening four holes of the final round. Kuchar took the lead with five holes remaining after Spieth drove his ball 100 yards to the right of the fairway on the par-4 13th, leaving him with an unplayable lie and needing to take a drop for a one stroke penalty; Spieth limited the damage by striping a 3-iron from the practice range area and making bogey, leaving him just a shot behind Kuchar. In a show of good sportsmanship, Spieth apologized to Kuchar for the 21-minute delay to sort out his wayward tee shot. Spieth's response to that wobble saw him nearly holing his tee shot at 14 (where he would make birdie), draining a 35-foot putt for an eagle at 15, and carding birdies at 16 and 17. Spieth finished with a final round 69 — three strokes clear of Kuchar, who also carded a 69 – and became just the second player in history after Jack Nicklaus to win three of the four men's golf majors before his 24th birthday. Spieth later gifted the 3-iron from that shot on the 13th hole back to Royal Birkdale.
Rest of 2017
After finishing in a tie for 13th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Spieth headed to the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, with the opportunity to become just the sixth man in history, to win the career grand slam. However, he would only finish in a tie for 28th; this was his one and only opportunity to be the youngest to complete this feat.
Spieth finished second in the first FedEx Cup Playoff event at The Northern Trust, losing to world no. 1 Dustin Johnson in a playoff. Spieth had been leading by three strokes heading into the final round, and was five shots clear after five holes on Sunday. However, his tee shot found the water at the par-3 6th (where he made double bogey) and Johnson pulled level at the 10th. A clutch par putt at the 17th meant the two men were level heading to the 72nd and final hole of regular play. Spieth appeared to have the advantage after he lagged a 70 foot putt to within a few feet, while Johnson needed to make a 20-footer for par (after pulling his tee shot into the rough) to force a playoff. Johnson made the putt, and then on the first playoff hole (also at 18), Johnson carried the lake and wedged to within a few feet. Spieth found the fringe on the back of the green, but could not make the birdie he needed, missing out on his fourth win of the year, and in the process, seeing Johnson take his fourth title of the season.
Another runner-up finish would follow the next week at the Dell Technologies Championship, finishing three shots behind Justin Thomas, who took his fifth victory of the season. Spieth would then finish in a tie for 7th at the BMW Championship.
Spieth headed into the season-ending Tour Championship at East Lake knowing victory would guarantee him his second FedEx Cup title in three years. He would finish for the second consecutive week in a tie for 7th, which proved not to be enough, as Thomas finished runner-up to Xander Schauffele, to take the season-long title and the $10m prize, as well as the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year. Spieth did take the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for the second time in his career for leading the tour in scoring average.
A third Presidents Cup victory would follow, as Spieth was part of the United States team which comfortably defended their title. Following a near two-month break, Spieth headed to Australia looking for a third Australian Open title in four years, but was never really in contention to defend his title, although a final round 67 (his best round of the tournament) meant he finished in 8th.
Spieth is the son of Shawn and Christine 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. Jordan has two younger siblings, Steven and Ellie. Steven played college basketball and played for the Dallas Mavericks 2017 NBA Summer League team. Ellie has grown up with disabilities, and Jordan has credited her with "keeping him grounded and focused as well as keeping the game of golf in perspective." A committed Christian, Spieth attends PGA Tour Bible study meetings with other players.
After earning a spot on the 2013 Presidents Cup team, Spieth began to plan the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation. Spieth has used his younger sister Ellie as an inspiration, and through his work, his foundation provides awareness and financial assistance to special needs children, military families and youth golf.
Professional wins (14)
PGA Tour wins (11)
|Major championships (3)|
|FedEx Cup playoff event (1)|
|Other PGA Tour events (7)|
|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,
|7||Jan 10, 2016||Hyundai Tournament of Champions||66-64-65-67=262||−30||8 strokes||Patrick Reed|
|8||May 29, 2016||Dean & DeLuca Invitational||67-66-65-65=263||−17||3 strokes||Harris English|
|9||Feb 12, 2017||AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am||68-65-65-70=268||−19||4 strokes||Kelly Kraft|
|10||Jun 25, 2017||Travelers Championship||63-69-66-70=268||−12||Playoff||Daniel Berger|
|11||Jul 23, 2017||The Open Championship||65-69-65-69=268||−12||3 strokes||Matt Kuchar|
PGA Tour playoff record (4–3)
|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|
|6||2017||Travelers Championship||Daniel Berger||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|7||2017||The Northern Trust||Dustin Johnson||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (2)
|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,|
|2||Nov 20, 2016||Emirates Australian Open (2)||69-70-68-69=276||−12||Playoff||Ashley Hall, Cameron Smith|
PGA Tour of Australasia playoff record (1–0)
|1||2016||Emirates Australian Open||Ashley Hall, Cameron Smith||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (1)
- 2014 Hero World Challenge
|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|
|2017||The Open Championship||3 shot lead||−12 (65-69-65-69=268)||3 strokes||Matt Kuchar|
|The Open Championship||T44||T36||T4||T30||1|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||1||0||0||2||2||2||5||5|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (2015 Masters – 2017 PGA, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (2015 Masters – 2016 Masters)
Results in World Golf Championships
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
PGA Tour career summary
* As of the 2017 season
U.S. national team appearances
As of April 9, 2015:
- Driver: Titleist 915D2 (9.5 degrees; Aldila Rogue 60X shaft)
- 3 Wood: Titleist 915F (15 degrees; Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 7X shaft)
- Hybrid: Titleist 915 H.d (20.5 degrees; Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 95X shaft)
- Irons: Titleist 716 AP2 (4-9; True Temper Project X 6.0 shafts)
- Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46-08, 52-08, 56-10, and 60-04 degrees; True Temper Project X 6.0 shafts)
- Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype
- Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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