Jordan Spieth (born July 27, 1993 in Dallas, Texas) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.
After a very successful amateur career on the University of Texas golf team, including two victories at the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship in 2009 and 2011, Spieth became a professional golfer in 2012.
In 2013, he won his first tournament on the PGA Tour, the John Deere Classic. Spieth was a member of the winning American team at the 2013 Presidents Cup.
Fred Couples personally selected Spieth as one of two captain's picks. On September 27, 2013, Spieth was named the PGA Tour's Rookie of the Year. In 2014, he qualified seventh in the money standings for the U.S. team in the 2014 Ryder Cup.
His most successful year to date was 2015, when he won his first major tournament by winning the Masters. A short time later, he won his second major title at the US Open. A second-place finish at the PGA Championship made him the new No. 1 in the world golf rankings.
A win at the final Tour Championship also meant victory for Spieth in the PGA Tour playoff, the FedEx Cup. With 12 million US dollars, he won more prize money in one season than any golfer before or since.
On January 10, 2016, Spieth won the USPGA Tour's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. With this victory, he drew level with Tiger Woods in the number of tournament wins under 23 and, with 262 strokes, became the second player after Ernie Els in 2003 to finish a tournament over 4 rounds on a minimum par 72 course at 30 strokes under par or better. He achieved this on the par 73 Kapalua Plantation Course on Maui.
Since 2017, Spieth had to live with a rapid decline and a career slump. For four years, nothing wanted to succeed, he did not find back to his former and outstanding form - for what felt like an eternity or "about a million golf shots", as he put it himself.
At some point, perseverance finally showed success again. Spieth came back, winning a tournament in his native Texas on Easter Sunday 2021. With that, things were finally supposed to start looking up again.
But ultimately, as both media and experts agree, it's not about Spieth winning. Despite his young years, that is already behind him. Rather, it's about how he goes about getting the win.
That's because Spieth is neither a distance record holder when it comes to hitting, nor is he an aesthete. He just hits and it works. But often it's just not a mere winning, it's a struggle, a drama.
Spieth shows courage and feeling in the most difficult situations, and there is certainly a bit of luck involved now and then, when a long shot lands directly in the hole or an extremely long putt.
That's why it's worth following the US player's game, either live on site or on screen. Good entertainment and moments of suspense are guaranteed when the exceptional player steps onto the tee.
Jordan Spieth has two siblings and attended St. Monica Catholic School as a teenager before graduating from a Jesuit school in Dallas in 2011.
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