Ever since Tiger Woods came bursting onto the PGA scene as a 20 year old in 1996, golf fans have been waiting for that next dominant young superstar to carry the sport. Jordan Spieth is that guy.
The Spieth-to-Woods comparisons are endless.
Spieth had made a name for himself early on, joining Woods as the only other player to win 2 U.S. Junior Amateur championships (2009, 2011. In 2012, Spieth was low amateur at the U.S. Open. Spieth then turned pro in 2013 at age 20, the same age Woods did. A very impressive rookie season that featured his first professional win, and 11 top 10’s in 27 starts, led to Spieth being named 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the year. In 2014, Spieth continued his success, adding 2 more wins to his already impressive resume. He ended 2014 ranked 9th in the world, and at just 21 years old, was proving he had what it took to be a superstar.
Simply put, the 2015 PGA Tour season was the year of Jordan Spieth. In his first 8 starts, the 21-year-old notched his first win of the year, along with 2 runner-up finishes, and 3 more top-10’s. Heading into the year’s first major, Spieth had a resume that most pros would take over the course of an entire season, and he was just getting started.
Jordan Spieth led wire-to-wire en route to a dominating 4-stroke victory at the 2015 Masters. Some Masters records Spieth set along the way: Youngest to lead after the first round, lowest 36-hole total, lowest 54-hole total, most birdies made, and his 72-hole score of 18-under tied none other than Tiger Woods for the Masters record.
Coming off of a dominant Masters performance, Spieth had his sights set on the year’s next major: The U.S. Open. Spieth came into the final day tied for the lead, and was able to overcome some final round bumps to post a final round score of 69. After Dustin Johnson’s brutally painful 3-putt on 18 sealed Spieth’s victory, he had now won the year’s first two Majors. With the Open Championship right around the corner and Spieth a clear favorite, there was growing anticipation to see if the 21-year-old phenom could not only make it three Majors in a row, but potentially win all four.
Unfortunately, the Open Championship marked the end of Spieth’s run at a sweep of the Majors, as he missed the 3-man playoff by just one shot. In the PGA Championship, the year’s final major, Spieth added a runner up finish to his already astonishing 2015 Major Championship resume.
Spieth’s 2015 was so dominant, that missed cuts in the first two FedEx Cup events didn’t eliminate him from the playoffs, as he went on to finish 1st in the Tour Championship, winning the 2015 FedEx Cup.
In 2015, Spieth proved a lot to the world. With 18 top-10 finishes including 5 wins and 5 runner-ups, as well as winning PGA Tour Player of the Year as and the Vardon Trophy (best scoring average) Spieth not only proved his absurd level of golf talent, but also that he has the killer instinct needed to take over a sport. Something the PGA Tour hasn’t seen since the dominant days of Tiger Woods.
As if the wins and awards weren’t enough, Spieth was also the leading money winner on Tour in 2015 taking home a whopping 22 million dollars. And that’s just money won from tournaments. In January 2015, Spieth signed a 10-year contract with Under Armour that reportedly is in the ballpark of 200 million dollars. Not a bad year for a 22-year-old kid.
As impressive a year 2015 was for Jordan Spieth, what’s even more impressive (and a bit scary) is that he can get even better. With the first tournament of the year approaching, the world will be watching as the world number one looks to make even more history in 2016.