Jordan Spieth Biography

Athlete, Golfer(1993–)
In 2015, American professional golfer Jordan Spieth delivered a record-setting performance to become the second-youngest champion in Masters history.

Synopsis

Born on July 27, 1993, in Dallas, Texas, golfer Jordan Spieth twice won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship before starring at the University of Texas. After turning pro in 2012, he became the youngest man in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event. In 2015, Spieth triumphed at the Masters and the U.S. Open to become the first male since 1922 to win two majors before his 22nd birthday.

Childhood and Amateur Success

Jordan Spieth was born on July 27, 1993, in Dallas, Texas. The first of three children of father Shawn, a former college baseball player who founded a media analytics startup, and mom Chris, a college basketball player turned computer engineer, Spieth inherited his parents' athletic capabilities. He grew up playing soccer, baseball, football and basketball, with golf eventually taking precedence in the pecking order.

At 9, Spieth mowed a section of the family lawn as low as possible to practice his putting, spurring his parents to join the Brookhaven Country Club to give him access to proper facilities. At 12, the budding champion began taking lessons from former golf pro Cameron McCormick.

As a student at St. Monica Catholic School and Jesuit College Preparatory School, Spieth established himself as a golf prodigy. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2009 and 2011, making him just the second golfer, after Tiger Woods, to win the event twice. He also accepted an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010, where he tied for 16th among the field of professionals.

As a freshman at the University of Texas, Spieth was named Big 12 Player of the Year and a first-team All-American as he led the Longhorns to the NCAA Championship. He earned low amateur status at the U.S. Open in 2012, and at the end of the year the 19-year-old turned professional.

Professional Stardom

Spieth finished in the Top 10 in each of his first two events on the Web.com Tour. He then displayed terrific form at a pair of PGA events, finishing tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open and tied for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship, earning temporary status on the PGA Tour for the remainder of 2013.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth at the BMW Championship in September 2013. (Photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

Just before turning 20 in July, Spieth triumphed at the John Deere Classic to claim his first PGA title and become the tour's youngest winner since 1931. Awarded full membership status, the phenom went on to notch runner-up finishes at the Wyndham Championship and the Tour Championship. He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and was picked for the Presidents Cup team.

Spieth opened 2014 by placing second at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He then delivered an eye-opening performance at the Masters in April, entering the final day of competition tied for the lead before dropping into a tie for second place. A few weeks later at the Players Championship, the 20-year-old again launched a serious bid for the title before finishing tied for fourth.

"To be able to have winning in your blood growing up, whether it was pounding my little brother or trying to beat my dad in something, or just competing on teams with my friends, it was nonstop. And I think that's what shaped me to desire to have that each week. And it's why I believe in golf, even when things seem impossible, that I can always get it done."

Spieth claimed his second PGA Tour victory at the 2015 Valspar Championship, but the big thrill of his young career came a month later at the Masters. After jumping out to a huge lead, Spieth established records with his scores after 36 and 54 holes. He went on to tie Woods for the lowest score in Masters history at 18-under 270, and became the second-youngest player, after Woods, to don the green jacket as the tournament champion.

"This was arguably the greatest day of my life," Spieth said afterward. "To join Masters history and put my name on that trophy and to have this jacket forever, it's something that I can't fathom right now."

Proving that his Masters form was no fluke, Spieth sweated out a close finish at the U.S. Open in June 2015 to win the tournament by one stroke. With the victory, he became the sixth golfer to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year, and the first male since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to claim multiple majors before his 22nd birthday.

Spieth capped a memorable season in style with a win at the 2015 Tour Championship in September to claim the FedEx Cup. Along with being named the PGA Tour Player of the Year and Jack Nicklaus Award recipient, he set a single-season record with more than $12 million in official earnings.

The top-ranked golfer picked up where he left off by cruising to a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January 2016. He then nearly added a second Masters title in April, but uncharacteristically blew a big lead on the back nine, and wound up finishing second to England's Danny Willett.

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