Jordan Spieth - Biography
Jordan Alexander Spieth is a former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking and a PGA Tour pro golfer from the United States. He is the 2015 FedEx Cup champion and a three-time major winner. Spieth's first major victory came at the 2015 Masters Tournament, when he won $1.8 million after shooting a 270 (18). He matched Tiger Woods' 1997 72-hole record and became the second-youngest golfer to win the Masters (behind Woods). He subsequently went on to win the 2015 US Open by shooting a 5-under-par total.
Since amateur Bobby Jones in 1923, he was the youngest US Open champion. He won the 2015 Tour Championship, clinching the FedEx Cup for the year. Spieth won the 2017 Open Championship by three strokes at 12 under par, two years later.
Shawn and Mary Christine Spieth raised Spieth in Dallas, Texas, where he was born in 1993. He graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 2011 after attending St. Monica Catholic School. At Brookhaven Country Club, he learnt to golf.
Shawn and Christine Spieth, both from Pennsylvania, are the parents of Spieth.
Donald Spieth, his grandpa, is a music professor at Moravian College and Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a former leader of the old Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra. Steven and Ellie are Jordan's two younger siblings. Steven was a member of the Dallas Mavericks' 2017 NBA Summer League squad, as well as a collegiate basketball player. Jordan has praised Ellie with 'keeping him grounded and focused as well as putting the game of golf in perspective' as a result of her having grown up with impairments.
Spieth and long-time girlfriend Annie Verret announced their engagement on January 2, 2018. The couple tied the knot in Dallas in November of 2018. Spieth is a devout follower of the Roman Catholic Church. He goes to the PGA Bible Study every week. Spieth and his wife, Annie, announced their first child's arrival in November on September 3, 2021.
Profession as an amateur
Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur twice, in 2009 at Trump National Bedminster and 2011 at Gold Mountain, becoming the tournament's only two-time winner, joining Tiger Woods.
He was ranked No. 1 in the AJGA Golf Rankings before turning 18 in July 2011, which promotes the world's finest junior golfers.
In the 2008 and 2009 Junior PGA Championships, he came in second place. In 2009, he received the Rolex Junior Player of the Year award from the American Junior Golf Association. In 2010, Spieth received a PGA Tour exemption to compete in the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The amateur exemption was the first since 1995. Trip Kuehne, Justin Leonard, and Tiger Woods have received exemptions from the event in the past. Spieth competed in three of the Walker Cup's four rounds in 2011, halving his foursomes match and winning both singles matches.
Spieth won three events and led the team in scoring average during his rookie year at Texas. He was selected to the All-Big 12 Team, the Big 12 Freshman and Player of the Year, and a first-team All-American after helping his team win the NCAA title.
Win on the PGA Tour for the first time in 2013
Spieth's first tournament of the 2013 season was the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he missed the cut by two shots. Spieth was tied for second in the Puerto Rico Open and tied for eighth in the Tampa Bay Championship in March. Since Ralph Guldahl won the Santa Monica Open in 1931, he became the fourth-youngest PGA Tour winner and the first teenager to accomplish it. On the 72nd hole, Spieth made a playoff hole out of a greenside bunker.
With the win, Spieth was given full PGA Tour membership and became eligible for the FedEx Cup, which he entered in 11th position. It also qualified him for the 2013 Open Championship, the PGA Championship, and the 2014 Masters. Spieth competed in the Wyndham Championship, losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed five weeks after his first triumph. Spieth tied for fourth place after shooting a 62 in the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Spieth was named to the United States team for the 2013 Presidents Cup just two days later, by captain Fred Couples.
The PGA Tour selected him Rookie of the Year on September 27, 2013. He was 10th on the PGA Tour money list and 22nd in the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the 2013 season.
2014: runner-up at the Masters, first time in the Ryder Cup
In April, Spieth made his Masters debut, and he and Bubba Watson were tied for the 54-hole lead. Spieth was in contention to become the youngest Masters champion in history during the final round, leading by two shots at one point. Tiger Woods owns the record at 21 years old. Spieth was named to the 2014 Ryder Cup squad after winning the PGA Championship, making him the first American to compete in the matches in 85 years, since Horton Smith in 1929.
Spieth won the Emirates Australian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia in November, his second tournament as a professional. In the final round, he scored a course-record 63 to win by six strokes. He won the Hero World Challenge in Florida a week later, capping off a string of triumphs. He won the tournament outright and set a new tournament scoring record of 26-under-par in the process.
2015: Masters, US Open, and FedEx Cup champion, U.S. Open
In a three-way playoff with Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair, Spieth won the Valspar Championship on March 15. On the third extra hole, he putted a 30-foot birdie putt to win his triumph. He rose to 6th in the Official World Golf Rankings as a result of his victory. He reached a career-high ranking of fourth in the world after finishing second at the Valero Texas Open.
Spieth lost in a sudden-death playoff in the Shell Houston Open the next week, after leading after 54 holes. After low rounds by J. B. Holmes and Johnson Wagner had moved them to the top of the scoreboard, he had to hole an 8-footer on the last to force a playoff. Spieth's drive nearly hit the water on the opening playoff hole, followed by a bad approach into the green-side bunker, eliminated him from the tournament, which was won by Holmes.
Spieth recorded a 64 in the first round of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, on April 9, and finished the day eight strokes under par with a three-shot lead; he set a record as the youngest player to lead the Masters after the first round. His performance was just one stroke off the course record of 63, which was set by Nick Price and Greg Norman in 1986 and 1996, respectively. Spieth momentarily had a score of 19 during the final round, but bogeyed the 18th hole, equal Tiger Woods' 1997 scoring record of 18-under.
By scoring 28 birdies during the Masters, Spieth set a new record for the most birdies in a single tournament and became the second-youngest player to win the tournament. Since Raymond Floyd's triumph in 1976, he was the first player to win the Masters on the last day. Spieth rose to #2 in the Official World Golf Rankings as a result of his victory.
Spieth won the US Open on June 21, his second major tournament. He finished with a one-under 69 in the final round for a total of 275 (-5) and a one-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Spieth started the day in a four-way tie for first place and was paired with Branden Grace in the last group.
He started his final round with a bogey to fall behind, but a string of 12 pars and two birdies over the following 14 holes put him in a tie for first with Grace at five under par.
Spieth became the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win both the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus, all Hall of Famers, are the only four players to achieve this accomplishment. He became the fourth-youngest player to win two major titles and the first since Bobby Jones in 1923 to win the U.S. Open.
Spieth decided to compete in the John Deere Classic instead of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open the week before The Open Championship, where many other top-ranked players were competing to prepare for the links-style courses.
With a 61 in the third round, Spieth had his lowest round of his professional career. After Tom Gillis put the ball in the pond on the second playoff hole, he won the championship in a playoff with him.
However, his second-place result in the BMW Championship, which he matched for 13th, maintained him second overall in the standings. Spieth won the 2015 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club by four shots, needing just a win to claim the title. Spieth became the ninth FedEx Cup champion with the victory, his fifth of the year, and received a $10 million bonus for winning the Cup. Spieth set a PGA Tour record for a single year in 2015, winning $12,030,485 (not counting the $10 million incentive).
He reclaimed the number one spot in the world. Spieth won every major title for the season, including the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Circuit Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy), the Vardon Trophy and Byron Nelson Award for leading the tour in scoring average, and the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the tour in money.
Spieth began the year by winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a dominating performance in which he defeated Patrick Reed by eight strokes. His score of 30 was not only a personal best, but it was also only the second time a golfer has shot 30 in a 72-hole PGA Tour tournament, following Ernie Els' achievement in the same event in 2003. By winning his seventh PGA Tour tournament before the age of 23, Spieth equaled Tiger Woods.
Spieth scored a bogey-free 66 in the opening round at the Masters in April 2016, taking a two-shot lead over the field. He shot a two-over-par 74 in the second round to take a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy heading into the weekend. After a third-round 73, he led by one stroke. Spieth had one of the greatest meltdowns in Masters history in the final round, after leading by five shots coming onto the back nine. Many compared it to Greg Norman's meltdown in 1996.
Spieth was seen as a leader within the American locker room as the world's third-ranked player, after Jason Day and Rory McIlroy, demonstrating both his maturity as a 23-year-old and his peers' admiration for him. Spieth won the Emirates Australian Open for the second time in three years in November, shooting a final round 69 to tie for 12th place with Australians Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Spieth won the tournament with a birdie on the opening playoff hole, while Hall missed his birdie attempt. Spieth won for the 11th time in his professional career, and his third in 2016.
2017 Open Championship
Spieth started the year as the reigning champion at the SBS Tournament of Champions, but ended up tied for third place, six strokes behind eventual winner Justin Thomas. Spieth finished third again the following week at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Spieth continued his strong start to the year with a top -10 performance in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Spieth won his first PGA Tour tournament of the year on February 12 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finishing 19th. With this victory, Spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only men in post-World War II history to win nine times on the PGA Tour before the age of 24. Spieth was two strokes off the lead going into the final round, but a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday ended his chances of a second Green Jacket.
Spieth missed consecutive cuts at the Players Championship (his third straight missed cut in golf's unofficial 'Fifth Major') and the AT&T Byron Nelson after finishing fourth alongside Ryan Palmer at the Zurich Classic. Spieth rediscovered his form at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, where he just missed retaining his championship, finishing one stroke behind eventual winner Kevin Kisner. The Memorial Tournament, his penultimate appearance before the U.S. Open, ended in a respectable but unspectacular tie for 13th place.
Spieth won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale on July 23, his third major championship. After a first-round 65, Spieth tied for the lead and went on to win the tournament in the second and third rounds, leaving him three strokes ahead of Matt Kuchar heading into the final day. After three bogeys in his first four holes of the final round, he surrendered his lead. Spieth hit his shot 100 yards to the right of the fairway on the par-4 13th, leaving him with an unplayable lie and forcing him to drop for a one-stroke penalty. Kuchar grabbed the lead with five holes to play.
Spieth finished second at The Northern Trust in the first FedEx Cup Playoff tournament, falling in a playoff against world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Spieth was three strokes ahead of the field going into the final round, and he was five shots clear after five holes on Sunday. Johnson drew even at the 10th after his tee ball struck the water on the par-3 6th. The two men were tied going into the 72nd and last hole of normal play after a clutch par putt at the 17th.
After slicing a 70-foot putt to within a few feet, Spieth seemed to have the upper hand, while Johnson needed to make a 20-footer for par (after dragging his tee shot into the rough) to force a playoff.
Spieth knew that if he won the Tour Championship at East Lake at the conclusion of the season, he'd earn his second FedEx Cup championship in three years. Justin Thomas finished in a tie for 7th place for the second week in a row, but it wasn't enough as Xander Schauffele won the season-long title and the $10 million reward, as well as the 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year. For the second time in his career, Spieth won the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award for topping the circuit in scoring average.
Spieth was part of the United States team that successfully defended their Presidents Cup championship for the third time. Following a nearly two-month layoff, Spieth returned to Australia in search of his third Australian Open victory in four years, but he was never truly in position to retain his championship, finishing in eighth place despite a final round 67 (his best round of the event).
Spieth began his season by competing in both tournaments during the Hawaii swing, finishing 9th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and tying for 18th at the Sony Open in Hawaii (where he would make the longest putt of his career (90'8') during the second round), before missing the cut at the Phoenix Open and finishing in a tie for 20th as the defending champion.
Spieth was named Chairman of the PGA Tour's Player Advisory Council in February, following Davis Love III. Spieth will spend a three-year term (2019–2021) on the 16-member panel, which works with the PGA Circuit's Policy Board and commissioner Jay Monahan on matters impacting the tour.
On the course, Spieth had been struggling with his putting at the start of the year, but a tie for 9th place at the Genesis Open gave him renewed confidence in his game, as he stated: 'I putted really well this week, which is fantastic.' Going forward, I'm really pleased with the quality of my game.' At the WGC-Mexico Championship, a tie for 14th place would be the result.
Spieth missed the cut in his first appearance following Augusta, playing alongside Ryan Palmer at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Spieth made the cut at The Players Championship for the first time since his debut in 2014, shooting a personal best round of 65 in the third round, putting him in contention for a top-10 finish. However, a 2-over-par final round of 74 dropped him to 6th place overall and a tie for 41st place.
Following that, a tie for 21st place at the AT&T Byron Nelson and a tie for 32nd place at the Fort Worth Invitational. Spieth would miss the cut at the Memorial Tournament in his penultimate outing before the US Open.
Spieth missed the cut at the US Open by one stroke, marking the first time he has failed to make a major cut since the 2014 PGA Championship. Spieth opened his defence of his Travelers Championship title the next week with a 7-under-par 63 that included six birdies and an eagle. He couldn't keep up his form for the rest of the competition, finishing in a tie for 42nd place with a score of 4.
Spieth tied for 25th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Northern Trust before finishing tied 12th at the Dell Technologies Championship. Spieth finished in a tie for 55th place at the BMW Championship, putting him in 31st place in the FedEx Cup standings. Because only the top-30 players qualified for the Tour Championship, Spieth would miss the season's final tournament for the first time, leaving him without a victory in 2017–18.
Spieth participated in all five Ryder Cup sessions, earning three points with Justin Thomas, but Europe would reclaim the title in Paris.
Spieth tied for 55th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his first appearance of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season. After missing the cut at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Spieth has gone a complete calendar year without winning anywhere in the globe for the first time in his professional career.
Spieth started the year by missing the cut in the Sony Open in Hawaii by one stroke, then tied for 35th at the Farmers Insurance Open. At the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Spieth finished in a tie for 45th place; he was a stroke off the lead at the midway stage, but over-par rounds over the weekend dropped him down the leaderboard.
Spieth's lowest result at Augusta was a tie for 21st at five under par in his sixth visit. Spieth travelled to Bethpage Black and the PGA Championship for his third attempt at the Career Grand Slam after a tie for 54th at the RBC Heritage and a tie for 29th at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He would finish six strokes behind reigning winner Brooks Koepka, but his tie for third place was his first top-10 finish of the year (and his first since the 2018 Open Championship) and his best performance since placing third at the Masters the previous year.
A week later, he tied for eighth place at the Charles Schwab Challenge, and his upward trend in form continued with a tie for seventh place result at The Memorial Tournament.
Spieth tied for 65th place in the US Open before missing the Travelers Championship cut. Spieth finished in a tie for 20th place at The Open, the year's last major.
Struggles to come in 2020
Spieth's 2019–20 PGA Tour season began at the CJ Cup in South Korea, where he tied for eighth place. Poor results followed, and at the end of January, he fell outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since his first season on tour, after finishing tied for 55th in the Farmers Insurance Open. Spieth tied for 10th place at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, in early June, after leading for the majority of the third round.
After that, Spieth tied for 68th place at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and 54th place at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. Spieth then competed in the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, missing the cut for the second time this season.
2021: Open runner-up returns to winning form
Spieth started the year by missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, shooting a 3-under 69 on Thursday and a 3-over 75 on Friday. He started the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale the following week with back-to-back 4-under-par 67s before tying his career low round with a 10-under par 61 on Saturday to tie with Xander Schauffele going into the final round. Spieth shot a 1-over par 72 on Sunday to finish two strokes behind winner Brooks Koepka.
The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was Spieth's third appearance of 2021. With rounds of 65, 67, and 71, he now has a 54-hole lead. He tied for third place with a 2-under par 70, three strokes behind winner Daniel Berger. At the Genesis Invitational, Arnold Palmer Invitational, and The Players Championship, Spieth tied for 15th, 4th, and 48th places, respectively.
Spieth won the Valero Texas Open in his eighth start of the season with rounds of 67-70-67-66, beating Charley Hoffman by two strokes to end a 1,351-day winless streak. Following this victory, he tied for third place in the Masters. Spieth took four weeks off after the Masters, during which he contracted and recovered from COVID-19, and switched to the Pro V1X 2021 model golf ball. Spieth returned to the AT&T Byron Nelson and showed no signs of slowing down, opening with a 63 to tie for first place in the first round. He eventually tied for ninth place, his sixth top ten finish in 2021.
In May, Spieth was in contention to win the Charles Schwab Challenge for the second time. He finished in second place, two shots behind Jason Kokrak, after a final round 73. Spieth shot a final-round 66 at The Open Championship, finishing runner-up on a score of 13, two shots behind Collin Morikawa.
Spieth began planning the Spieth Family Foundation after earning a spot on the 2013 Presidents Cup team, with his disabled younger sister, Ellie, serving as the primary inspiration. Special needs children, military families, junior golf, and paediatric cancer are among the four philanthropic groups for which the Foundation raises awareness and funds.