Maybe the most surprising thing about Jordan Spieth is that he even bothered to play a season of college golf. He certainly had the pre-college résumé to suggest he could have turned pro as soon as he turned 18. After all, he and Tiger Woods are the only two-time winners of the U.S. Junior Amateur and he came to Texas ranked No. 1 in the AJGA Golf Rankings — the ranking of the best junior golfers in the world. He finished second in the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championship and was the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2009. He was the first amateur to play the Byron Nelson Championship in 2010, and at age 16 made the cut. He finished 16th. Hailing from Dallas Jesuit High School, he won the Class 5A state title three times. He came to Texas for the 2011-2012 season and won three events and helped Texas win the NCAA National Championship. He was named All-Big 12, Big 12 Freshman Player of the Year and Player of the Year and was a first-team All-American. Midway through his sophomore year at Texas, Spieth turned professional in 2012.
Pro career: Where to start? Spieth won the PGA Rookie of the Year award in 2013. Two years later he was PGA Player of the Year, FedEx Cup Champion, the Byron Nelson Award winner in 2015 and 2017 along with the Vardon Trophy in both of those years. He won the Masters Tournament in 2015, the U.S. Open in 2015 and The Open Championship in 2017. He was the runner-up for the PGA Championship in 2015. Spieth has pretty much been in contention for every Masters Tournament since he joined the tour. He has 14 wins as a professional.
Why he’s here: Spieth is No. 3-ranked player in the World Golf Rankings. Unlike many golfers the question has never been “will he ever win a major” it’s been “how many majors will he win.” At just 24 — he turns 25 in late July — he is still one of the youngest players on tour. Along with the wins, what could be even more impressive is Spieth has finished in the top 10 of 31 events since turning professional. While Spieth may not be as much of a worldwide famous athlete as the No. 1 athlete on the list, he’s not that far off.
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