Jordan Spieth’s 2015 season was certainly the envy of the golf world, but what about the sports world?
Sports Illustrated unveiled its 12 finalists for 2015 Sportsman of the Year, and Spieth’s thrilling Grand Slam pursuit is one of the leading candidates.
“The 22-year-old Spieth had his coming-out party in 2015, becoming the second youngest golfer to win the Masters and youngest to win the U.S. Open,” writes SI senior editor Richard Deitsch. “He recently regained the World No. 1 ranking after a top ten finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in China.”
Spieth faces some stiff competition from the likes of Triple Crown-winner American Pharaoh, MMA superstar Ronda Rousey and tennis legend-in-the-making Novak Djokovic.
Fans can cast their vote for whoever they think is the most deserving candidate here. As of this writing, the reigning World Series champion Kansas City Royals lead with 42 percent of the vote with American Pharaoh trailing at 35 percent of the vote. Spieth is lagging behind with only 3 percent of the vote.
If chosen, Spieth would join Arnold Palmer (1960), Ken Venturi (1964), Lee Trevino (1971), Jack Nicklaus (1978), Patty Sheehan (1987) and Tiger Woods (1996, 2000) among the golfers to earn the honor.
The announcement will be made on Dec. 14, but in the meantime SI writers will be making the case for their choices in a series of essays on si.com.