While most would argue that Tiger Woods is among the best golfers of the last few decades, there is a new challenger that is nipping on his heels. Even though Jordan Spieth has only been on the PGA Tour since 2013 and is only 22 years old, he is already among the best golfers currently on tour and is a former world number one. Here I will look at his young career and show you why he is well on the way to becoming one of the best golfers on time.
Spieth is a Texas boy, through and through, and got an interest in golf from a young age. Before he was even 18, he was the number one ranked junior golfer in the planet and was even invited to a PGA tour event as an amateur and became the sixth youngest player to make the cut at a PGA event ever and actually finished in 16th place.
Spieth decided to attend the University of Texas and immediately excelled on the golf team right away. In his freshman year, he won three events and helped his team win the National Championship and also won Player of the Year in the process. He spent another half year at Texas before decided to turn professional and join the PGA Tour in 2013.
His career was off to a good start and a few weeks before his 20th birthday, he picked up his first career PGA Tour victory at the John Deere classic and was the fourth youngest person to ever win a PGA Tour event and the first teenager to do so since way back in 1931. And after that, he continued to golf well in 2013 and won the PGA Tour rookie of the year. He then turned even more heads when he was in place to be the youngest Master’s winner ever at 20, but ultimately finished second, which was still very impressive and vaulted him into the top 10 golfers in the world.
But in 2015, Spieth would truly have his coming out party and would solidly himself as one of the best golfers currently playing the game. Spieth won the 2015 Masters, becoming the second youngest person to do so behind Tiger Woods, and also tied the record score at the Masters with a score of -18. He followed up that first Masters win of his with another major win at the 2015 U.S Open, being the youngest person to win it since 1923 when Bobby Jones accomplished the feat.
In addition to these wins, the rest of his 2015 was amazing. Spieth finished top 5 in both of the other majors and as a result, had a nice run as the world number one and won the Fedex Cup and won millions of dollars, all before he was even 23. After tragically losing the 2016 Masters, you can next see Spieth representing the USA in golf at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The sky is the limit for this man and if he can keep up his current pace, he could go down as one of the best.