Happy 24th Birthday to Jordan Spieth
On July 27th, 1993 Jordan Spieth was born in Dallas, Texas to Shawn and Christine Spieth. From a young age, like most, Spieth displayed characteristics of athleticism, playing a wide range of sports before settling on golf. As a student at St. Monica Catholic School and Jesuit College Preparatory School, Spieth established himself as one of the top amateurs in the state.
2009 – At age 15 Spieth won the United States Junior Amateur held at Trump National Golf Club with a 4 & 3 over Jay Hwang.
2010 – At age 16, Spieth was already making “PGA Tour” headlines when he participated in the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship on a sponsors exemption. He finished T-16th amongst the professionals.
2011 – Jordan claimed his second U.S. Jr. Amateur title within three years.
2012 – Spieth, just finishing his freshman year at University of Texas, made a splash at the U.S. Open by finishing as the low amateur in his first appearance. He tied for 21st, at 7 over par. (Tied Tiger Woods)
2013 – In 2013, Spieth was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. In June, he won the John Deere Classic after holing out on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff. 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.
2014 – Spieth nearly became the youngest Masters Champion of all time before losing his lead to eventual winner Bubba Watson on the final day. Later that year, he would earn a selection to the 2014 Ryder Cup team, becoming the youngest American to play in the matches for 85 years since Horton Smith in 1929
2015 – During the 2015 PGA Tour season 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.
2016 – Spieth nearly added a second Masters title in April, but faultered down the stretch losing to Englishman Danny Willet. It was technically a down year for Spieth after winning two majors the previous season. In January, he won his 7th PGA title at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions then added another win in May at the Dean & Deluca Invitational in his home state.
2017 – On July 23rd, 2017 Jordan Spieth won the Open Championship held at Royal Birkdale earning the title, “Champion Golfer of the Year”.
Josh Morris is the Editor of Golf History Today. He is also a featured writer on GolfWRX.com. In his free time he enjoys being a weekend caddie as well as playing as much as he can.