Is Jordan Spieth the New Face of Golf?
Twenty one year old Jordan Spieth is gaining attention after his second major win this year.
Five months older than the 1997 Masters winner, Tiger Woods, Spieth became the second youngest golfer to win The Masters in April after finishing 18 under 270.
Spieth claimed his second title of the year at the U.S. Open, which, for the first time in history took place at Chambers Bay. The difficult course resulted in a cut at +6 – causing legendary players like Tiger Woods to miss the mark with a score of +16.
After winning The Masters and the U.S. Open, Spieth is halfway to winning the ‘Grand Slam’ – with only the British Open and The PGA Championship standing in his way this season.
No golfer has ever truly won The Grand Slam, but Spieth, being one of only six golfers to win The Masters and U.S. Open back to back, now has a chance to make history.
Jordan Spieth, named after Michael Jordan, was born July 27, 1993 in Dallas Texas. He has a brother Steven and a sister Ellie. Ellie is 14 years old and was born with autism, Jordan says she is his inspiration.
He played collegiate golf at The University of Texas at Austin for less than 2 years before he went pro. He is still dating his high school sweetheart Annie Verret who is a recent grad from Texas Tech.
Jordan says he attributes his success to his family and his team. His support seems to keep him grounded and humble even as he becomes such a celebrity. He is an exciting player to watch and says he thinks winning the British Open is “in the realm of possibility.” Like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth is having a great start to his career. Tiger has won 14 majors in his career and was arguably the best golfer in the world until his surgery and divorce. The last major that Woods won was the U.S. Open in 2008.
With the decline of Tiger, Spieth has the opportunity to become the new face of golf. Will he continue to thrive or become consumed by fame and fortune?