Jordan Spieth appears to be able to do no wrong. He won the Masters in record-setting fashion, won the U.S. Open in one of the most dramatic finishes of all-time and is heading into the Home of Golf looking for his third consecutive major, a feat only achieved three times in the modern era. You know he’s polite, and you know he’s a stud. Here are nine additional things you need to know about golf’s wunderkind.
1) He’s The Youngest U.S. Open Winner In Almost 100 Years
With his win at Chambers Bay, Spieth, 21, became the youngest national champion since Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open in 1923. Spieth also became only the youngest player to win back-to-back majors since Gene Sarazen did so in 1922. Did we mention he’s 21?
“I didn’t think that those names would be mentioned like that,” Spieth said after the U.S. Open. “That’s a piece of golf history, and as a golf historian, that’s very special and it gives me goose bumps, it’s amazing. Those names are the greatest that have ever played the game, and I don’t consider myself there. But certainly off to, I think, the right start in order to make an impact on the history of the game.”
2) He’s Already a Dallas Legend
Spieth was born in Dallas and went to school in Texas, and the state he grew up in has fully embraced him. As huge Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks fan, Spieth was presented a custom jersey at a Mavericks game by owner Mark Cuban. Bonus: Spieth lives in the same neighborhood as Cuban. More on that later.
3) He Destroyed St. Andrews During 2011 Walker Cup Practice
In a GOLF.com story, Walker Cup captain Jim Holtgrieve said his team played a practice round at St. Andrews before the 2011 Walker Cup. Spieth took to the Old Course quickly, as he was 5-under through 12 holes and took copious notes along the way. Hopefully he packed that notebook this week.
4) When He Putts, He Looks At The Hole
In 2014, Spieth decided to start looking at the hole on short putts. Not every time, but the majority of the time Spieth has a four-footer, his eye won’t be on the ball.
5) He’s Always Talking To His Ball During Tournaments
But his mouth always is. He is constantly telling his ball how to act while in the air, so much so, GOLF.com created a dramatic reading of all the commands Spieth shouted at this ball during the 2015 Masters. Hey, whatever works.
6) As A 16-Year-Old, He Contended At A PGA Tour Event
In his first PGA Tour event, Spieth, then 16, received a sponsor’s exemption to the Byron Nelson Championship in his hometown. He made the most of his debut. After firing rounds of 68-69-67, Spieth was in the mix on Sunday before shooting 72 to finish T16. After this round, the maturity of Spieth was already apparent.
“I tried to do exactly what they were doing and tried to be one of them for the week, and to be able to play with a couple of guys like I did on the weekend, it was cool,” Spieth said after the tournament.
7) His Motivation Is His Sister With Special Needs
Spieth’s sister, Ellie, has a neurological disorder linked to autism, and Spieth’s maturity could be rooted in the fact that he is aware of issues larger than the sport he plays.
“She’s our motivation,” Spieth said on CBS This Morning earlier this year. “She’s my biggest fan. She’s my brother’s biggest fan. She’s hilarious. It puts things in perspective when you look at the big picture and the struggles that she goes through each day just to do simple tasks that we take for granted. To see her and her friends and how happy they are, it brings a lot of joy to us and also puts a bogey or a missed putt in perspective a little bit.”
8) He Lives In A Gorgeous Mansion
The month before he won the Masters, Spieth purchased a $2.2 million house in Dallas that looks fantastic. The listing stated the house had five bedrooms along with a 288 bottle wine closet. When he’s at home, he’s watching Anchorman or Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as any reasonable 21-year-old does.
9) In His First British Open, He Was Rejected By Tom Rinaldi
He’s lucky to have recovered from this.