To say that Jordan Spieth has been making waves in the golfing world is an understatement.
At the tender age of 22, Spieth has won two majors and been ranked the world’s number one golfer. Veteran American sportswriter Dan Jenkins thinks he’ll dominate the game for years to come. Writing in Golf Digest, Jenkins said. “As I tweeted from Augusta, he appears to be the perfect Texas pro. He has the will and the focus of Ben Hogan, the likeability of Byron Nelson and the putting stroke of Ben Crenshaw.”
But his core playing attributes aren’t the only reason the golfing world is excited. Here are nine other surprising facts about Spieth which illustrate why he is seen as such a breath of fresh air.
- Born in Dallas, Texas, he won the US Junior Amateur Golf Championship in 2009 and 2011, becoming only the second person to ever have won the tournament more than once. The first person to do so was Tiger Woods.
- In 2014, Spieth made the selection for the Ryder Cup team. He became the youngest American to play in the tournament since Horton Smith, 85 years ago.
- The Dallas Cowboy fan won the 2015 US Open title at the age of 21. He was the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.
- After Spieth won, he had a celebratory meal at Chick-fil-A, an American fast food restaurant chain. It doesn’t seem like the fame and riches have changed him so far!
- In April 2016, he was named in Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’. Spieth was described by the magazine as “supremely confident yet incredibly humble… His graciousness toward others is genuine and real. He is the standard by which our heroes should be measured.”
- Spieth is deeply religious and attends PGA bible study meetings. He also says he is kept grounded by his younger sister, Ellie, who has special needs.
- Spieth’s coach, Cameron McCormick, also taught George W. Bush how to play golf.
- Spieth’s swing isn’t textbook, but clearly it works for him. He overlaps his grip and the position of his left arm through impact is not something your golf teacher would recommend. You can’t argue with Spieth’s results, though!
- Spieth is no stranger to a trick shot. He is known for being able to catch a marshmallow in his mouth after hitting it off his ball with a wedge.
Jordan Spieth is certainly something special; he is mature beyond his years and has an amazing ability to block out distractions when needed. Even though he fumbled at the 2016 US Masters, where his final-round collapse meant that he missed out on what looked like a certain victory, and he also missed the cut at The Players 2016, his future looks bright.