Today, I introduce a modern day whirlwind on the golf course. In 2015, American professional golfer Jordan Spieth delivered a record-setting performance to become the second-youngest champion in Masters history.
Born on July 27, 1993, in Dallas, Texas, golfer Jordan Spieth twice won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship before starring at the University of Texas. After turning pro in late 2012, he became the youngest man in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event the following summer. In April 2015, Spieth became the second-youngest champion in Masters history with a record-tying score of 18-under 270.
Childhood and Amateur Success
Jordan Spieth was born on July 27, 1993, in Dallas, Texas. The first of three children of father Shawn, a former college baseball player who founded a media analytics startup, and mom Chris, a college basketball player turned computer engineer, Spieth inherited his parents' athletic capabilities. He grew up playing soccer, baseball, football and basketball, with golf eventually taking precedence in the pecking order.
At 9, Spieth mowed a section of the family lawn as low as possible to practice his putting, spurring his parents to join the Brookhaven Country Club to give him access to proper facilities. At 12, the budding champion began taking lessons from former golf pro Cameron McCormick.
As a student at St. Monica Catholic School and Jesuit College Preparatory School, Spieth established himself as a golf prodigy. He won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2009 and 2011, making him just the second golfer, after Tiger Woods, to win the event twice. He also accepted an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010, where he tied for 16th among the field of professionals.
As a freshman at the University of Texas, Spieth was named Big 12 Player of the Year and a first-team All-American as he led the Longhorns to the NCAA Championship. He earned low amateur status at the Masters in 2012, and at the end of the year the 19-year-old turned professional.
Spieth finished in the Top 10 in each of his first two events on the Web.com Tour. He then displayed terrific form at a pair of PGA events, finishing tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open and tied for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship, earning temporary status on the PGA Tour for the remainder of 2013.
Just before turning 20 in July, Spieth triumphed at the John Deere Classic to claim his first PGA title and become the tour's youngest winner since 1931. Awarded full membership status, the phenom went on to notch runner-up finishes at the Wyndham Championship and the Tour Championship. He was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and was picked for the Presidents Cup team.
Spieth opened 2014 by placing second at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He then delivered an eye-opening performance at the Masters in April, entering the final day of competition tied for the lead, before finishing tied for second. A few weeks later at the Players Championship, the 20-year-old again made a serious bid at a major title before finishing tied for fourth.
Clancy's comment: Grrr ... Such talent. Makes ya sick, eh?