Jordan Spieth: Golf's Young Record-Setter

Career Facts and Figures for the PGA Tour Phenom

Jordan Spieth of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green during the final round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 20, 2015
Golfer Jordan Spieth. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Jordan Spieth burst onto the scene by making the cut in a PGA Tour event at age 16, and won his first pro tournament by age 19. At age 21 he really broke out, winning his first two major championships.

Date of birth: July 27, 1993
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas

PGA Tour Victories
11
2013 John Deere Classic
2015 Valspar Championship
2015 Masters
2015 U.S. Open
2015 John Deere Classic
2015 Tour Championship
2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
2016 Dean & DeLuca Invitational
2017 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
2017 Travelers Championship
2017 British Open

Major Championships
3
2015 Masters
2015 U.S. Open
2017 British Open

Awards and Honors

  • PGA Tour Player of the Year, 2015
  • PGA Tour money leader, 2015
  • Member, U.S. Ryder Cup team, 2014, 2016
  • PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, 2013
  • Member, U.S. Presidents Cup team, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Member, U.S. Walker Cup team, 2011

Trivia

  • Jordan Spieth is the only golfer other than Tiger Woods to win the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship more than once. Spieth won it in 2009 and 2011 (Woods holds the record with three wins).
  • Made the cut in the Byron Nelson Championship at age 16 years, 9 months, 24 days - at the time, the fifth-youngest player ever to make a cut on the PGA Tour.
  • Won 2013 John Deere Classic at age 19 years, 11 months, 18 days, making him the first teenager to win a PGA Tour tournament since 1931.

Jordan Spieth Biography

Jordan Spieth's early golf career is full of big achievements, one after another. Growing up in a sporting family, Spieth took to golf early and started winning often.

He began playing the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) circuit with great success, earning first-team All-American honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, he also was playing for his high school golf team, and won the Texas Class 5A state championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

And Spieth was playing in USGA tournaments, too, winning the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011.

It was only a matter of time until Spieth, despite his very young age, got into a PGA Tour event. And that happened in 2010 when the Byron Nelson Championship gave Spieth a sponsor exemption. Hometown kid, generate some headlines, what could it hurt, right? Spieth was a few months shy of turning 17, but for him playing that tournament wasn't a formality. He made the cut, then placed his age, so to speak: At age 16, he finished in 16th place. He was, at the time, the fifth-youngest golfer to make a PGA Tour cut; and it was the second-highest finish of any 16-year-old in tour history to that point.

That was the first time most golf fans heard of Spieth, but it sure wouldn't be the last. He also compiled a 2-0-1 record as a member of Team USA at the 2011 Walker Cup.

And after graduating high school Spieth enrolled at the University of Texas. He won three NCAA tournaments as a freshman, was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.

In 2012, Spieth finished 21st in the U.S. Open, after which he moved up to the No. 1 spot in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. In December 2012, midway through his sophomore college year, he decided to turn pro. He was 19 years old.

Spieth had no status on any pro tours as 2013 began, so he relied mostly on sponsor exemptions to get into events. After two quick Top 10 finishes in Web.com Tour events, he reeled off multiple Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including runner-up at the Puerto Rico Open. He quickly won enough money to earn Special Temporary Member status on the PGA Tour.

It wasn't long until he claimed his full PGA Tour card, though, by winning the John Deere Classic at age 19, the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl in 1931. Spieth won that event in a playoff over Zach Johnson and David Hearn. Spieth was just the fourth teenager since 1900 to win on tour (the others were Johnny McDermott, Guldahl, and Harry Cooper).

By the end of the 2013 PGA Tour season, Spieth had made 23 starts and finished in the Top 10 in nine of them, with one win and three runner-ups.

That was more than enough for him to earn a captain's pick to the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

Spieth continued racking up Top 10 finishes in the first half of the 2013-14 season, when he was 20 years old. At the end of 2014, at age 21, he won again at the Australian Open, shooting a final-round 63.

And in 2015, still 21, Spieth won the Valspar Championship, just the fourth golfer since 1940 to win twice before age 22 on the PGA Tour.

One week after losing in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open, Spieth earned his first major championship win at the 2015 Masters. He won wire-to-wire - just the fifth golfer to do so at The Masters - and tied the 72-hole tournament scoring record of 18-under 270, among many tournament records he set or tied.

A couple months after that first major win, Spieth picked up his second at the 2015 U.S. Open. (See: 7 Amazing Things Jordan Spieth Accomplished at 2015 U.S. Open) Spieth ended the 2014-15 PGA Tour season with a victory in the Tour Championship - his fifth of the year - and the FedEx Cup trophy.

Spieth added two more wins in 2016, but missed out on the biggest when he put two balls in the water on No. 12 at Augusta National when leading The Masters in the final round. He put that behind him, though, at the 2017 British Open, winning his third major there.