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Jordan Spieth: How he's done it

Jordan Spieth is revolutionizing the game and delivering winning performances with a swing which isn't very textbook

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Feature 15 Nov 2016, 17:14 IST
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Jordan Spieth won his first event at the John Deere Classic in 2013

Jordan Spieth is definitely not your average 23 year old golfer/adult trying to find his feet in whatever walk of life they have chosen.

Jordan Spieth has achieved so much in his four full seasons on tour that other golfers can only dream of accomplishing in their entire career.

Jordan however is not the only one from his family to achieve in sports as he comes from an athletic family. He was born in 1993 to his father, Shawn Spieth who played baseball at Lehigh University and his mom, Chris Spieth who played basketball at Moravian College.

Jordan's younger brother, Steven Spieth is carving his own niche and has been an outstanding player for Brown University. He is expected to make the step up to the NBA ranks very soon.

Growing up, baseball was Spieth's first love and he was a left hand pitcher but at age 12, he decided to concentrate on Golf. He did not waste any time in producing the results and became only the second person tio win two US Amateur Junior Championships, other being Tiger Woods.

He featured on the American Junior Golf Association all-American team three times and at age 16, while still a high school junior at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, he was invited to play his first event on the PGA Tour at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

That was really the first time his name came in to the limelight as he contended for majority of the tournament before finishing in a very respectable tied-16th.

Continuing to make a name for himself, he played an instrumental role with an undefeated record for the victorious 2011 US Walker cup team as a 17 year old.

Upon graduation from high school at Jesuit, he enrolled at the University of Texas where he helped the university team to the 2012 NCAA team championship in his freshman year.

He subsequently was named on the All-American first team. In 2013, during his sophomore year, he decided to turn pro and played his way on to the PGA Tour.

He made enough money in the events where he was exempt in the early part of the season courtesy of high finishes such as the T-2nd at the Puerto Rico Classic and T-7th at the Tampa Bay championship.

Later in the year, he achieved the unexpected and won at the John Deere Classic becoming the youngest winner on tour in 82 years. He continued to produce consistent performances and finished the year ranked 7th in the FedEx Cup.

As a result of his stellar performances, he earned a captain's pick for the United States Presidents Cup team and became the youngest ever player to play in the event.

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If that did not solidify Spieth's status as the new rising star, his unanimous election as the Rookie of the Year for 2013 all but put remaining doubts to bed.

Just 20 years old, Jordan Spieth was already playing his second season on the PGA Tour in 2014.

He continued right where he left off in 2013 and put in strong showings. He recorded eight top ten finishes with two runner up finishes which included an unimaginable runner up finsh at the Masters in what was his debut at Augusta National.   

He also recorded a T-5 finish at the Players championship and once again became the youngest player to earn a call-up to the United States Ryder Cup team.

The end of the year was nothing short of a fairy-tale as he went on to record back-to back victories. He shot an eye-opening 8-under 63 at the very challenging layout of the Australia Golf club in the final round of the Emirates Australian Open.

If that wasn't enough, he went on to dominate in a ten-shot victory over a strong field at the Hero World challenge.

Enter 2015 and Jordan Spieth embarked on a season which turned out to be a golden season, a season which is definitely up there as part of one of the best seasons enjoyed by any player.

He accumulated five victories and fifteen top tens in total. After winning the Valspar Championship in March, he broke several records en route to becoming the second youngest player ever to win the Masters.

He now holds the lowest 36-hole record, 54-hole record, most birdies(26) in 72 holes and joint 72-hole scoring record at any major championship. He followed up with a remarkable victory at the US Open and in the process, became the youngest ever to hold the first-two legs of major championships at 21 years old.   

He finished T-4th at the Open championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews after he came up one shot shy of entering the play-off. He finished as runner-up to Jason Day who played flawless golf over 72 holes at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

He won at the John Deere Classic for the second time in his career. Still unfinished, he went on to win the Tour Championship, his fith win of the season and also captured the FedEx Cup. Jordan finished the year at the pinnacle of the world golf rankings and was the Players' Player of the year for 2015.

Jordan became the youngest ever to win the Green jacket in 2015
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