PGA Tour Star Jordan Spieth Named 2016 TIME 100 Icon
A major winner just received a major honor.
TIME Magazine revealed its 13th annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World on Thursday, and World No. 2 Jordan Spieth made the cut.
The 22-year-old PGA Tour star already has a pair of major championship titles under his belt, but as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo wrote in a brief tribute to Spieth, the grace with which he’s handled those successes (and now failures) has been just as impressive.
“Jordan captures our imagination on the course and impresses us off of it,” Romo wrote. “Rarely is an athlete so supremely confident yet incredibly humble, so systematic in his approach yet so fluid in his delivery. Jordan possesses rare competitive greatness that he somehow shuts off when the setting calls for it. And his graciousness toward others is genuine and real. He is the standard by which our heroes should be measured.”
Spieth is the seventh professional golfer to be so honored by TIME. He joins Tiger Woods (2004, 2009), Michelle Wie (2006), Lorena Ochoa (2008), Phil Mickelson (2010), Yani Tseng (2012) and Lydia Ko (2014).