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10 Facts About Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth points to his ball and tells his caddie michael grellar after sinking a long eagle putt at the british open 2017

1. Jordan comes from a family of athletes

Jordan Spieth’s father played baseball at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania His mother played basketball at Moravian College, also in Pennsylvania.

Spieth recently said on the Dan Patrick Show that his little brother, Steven, was the best athlete in the family. Steven played college basketball at Brown University and now plays professional basketball.

When asked if Steven could take him in golf, Jordan scoffed, “Don’t be ridiculous.”

2. Spieth is only the second player to win the U.S. Amateur twice

Take a guess who the other player is. Yup, Tiger Woods.

Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur in both 2009 and 2011 at the age of 15 and 17, respectively. After the second victory in 2011, he was ranked No.1 in the AJGA Golf Rankings.

Jordan Spieth taking a swing at the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament

3. Jordan Spieth is a huge Dallas sports fan

Jordan has been seen at Texas Rangers, Mavericks and Cowboys games. He has even been known to throw down some money with former Cowboys quarterback and avid golfer, Tony Romo.

Although Romo is not quite at the professional level, he still is one of the best celebrity golfers around.

Jordan Spieth shaking hands with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

4. Spieth has putted with the same Scotty Cameron model since he was 15.

Isn’t that crazy? Jordan was used the same model while winning the 2015 U.S. Open that he was using as a 15 year old. A Scotty Cameron by Titleist SC-009 prototype.

Spieth has dabbled with a few other models here and there but has always gone back to the SC-009. “The smaller, compact head of the 009 with its flat topline and distinctive, rounded heel and toe weight bumpers worked perfect with his setup,” according to the Scotty Cameron website.

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5. Jordan Spieth’s caddie used to be a math teacher

Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller, used to be a middle school math teacher in University Place, Washington. Greller always has had a passion for the sport of golf. He even changed school districts so he could moonlight as a caddie at Chambers Bay Golf Course, which is where he and Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open.

After carrying Justin Thomas’ bag at the 2010 U.S. Amateur, Thomas referred Greller to Spieth. They then worked together at the 2011 U.S. Amateur, which Spieth ended up winning. Greller then took the full-time gig in 2012 after Spieth asked him to caddie for him at the U.S. Open.

Greller has earned an estimated $5 million while carrying Jordan Spieth’s bag. A pretty sizeable upgrade from his $55,000 salary teaching math to teenagers.

Jordan Spieth talking with his caddie, Michael Greller at the Masters tournament.

6. Jordan has won 11 PGA Tour events, including 3 major championships

That really is amazing if you think about how young he really is. Three majors before the age of 24. Spieth is the only golfer other than Jack Nicklaus to accomplish that.

He has won the Masters (2015), the U.S. Open (2015), and the British Open (2017). With a good year he could add to that total or even complete the career grand slam by winning the PGA Championship.

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7. Spieth is the only player to go 5-under in the final 5 holes of a major to win

Following a bogey on the 13th hole of the 2017 Open Championship, Spieth went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, par. He came from behind and stole the Claret Jug from Matt Kuchar.

Spieth drove his tee shot 100 yards from the fairway on the 13th, forcing him to take an unplayable. He salvaged a bogey on that hole to put him one shot back from Kuchar. Then, the magic happened.

A near-ace on the 14th set Jordan up for an easy tap-in birdie. A 50-foot eagle putt, when he famously then told his caddie to “Go get that”, on the 15th helped him regain the lead.

Jordan then birdied the 16th and 17th to put him up for good as Kuchar could only shake his head in disbelief. A safe par on the 18th secured the win and the 3rd major championship for Spieth.

Jordan Spieth holds the Claret Jug after winning the 2017 British Open

8. Jordan married his high school sweetheart

Spieth married Annie Verret who he met back in St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas, Texas. The pair has been together since high school and were recently married this past November.

Annie has been seen supporting Jordan at his tournaments over the last few years. She has a business degree from Texas Tech and is an events coordinator at The First Tee of Greater Dallas.

9. Jordan’s little sister is his inspiration

Spieth’s sister, Ellie, was born with a still undiagnosed neurological disorder that has left her developmentally disabled. He has said that she is “the most special part of our family.”

Having a sister with special needs has kept Spieth and his family grounded and has taught them many life lessons. Jordan even started the Jordan Spieth Foundation with her in mind. The charity focuses on three important things to him – junior golf, military, and kids with special needs.

10. Jordan Spieth earned the most money ever by a PGA player in 2015.

Spieth set a PGA Tour earnings by winning over $12 Million throughout the 2015 season. He won five tournaments, including the Masters and the U.S. Open. He also finished a runner-up and tied for 4th in the other two majors that year. Incredible performances on the biggest stages.

The 2015 year in golf was arguably the most exciting since the disappearance of Tiger Woods. Golf fans wanted someone to fill the void Tiger left and Spieth was a big part of solving that problem. From Jordan leading wire-to-wire at the Masters to stealing the U.S. Open from Dustin Johnson.

How about when Spieth barely missed out on a playoff in the British open? Or when he dueled it out with eventual winner Jason Day at the PGA Championship. All great moments in the 2015 golf world that Spieth played a huge role in.


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