As one of the youngest and most successful professional golfers on the tour today, Jordan Spieth has the world at his feet. There are a few things you may not have heard about the Texas native.
He has a strong belief in God. Despite having massive success at such a young age, if you get the chance to meet Jordan, you will see how humble he is.
He doesn’t say that he is a perfect Christian, but he knows that he desperately needs Christ and his family in his life in order to keep him grounded.
It was in 2015 that the nation really fell in love with Spieth, having become the number one golfer in the world, breaking records set by Tiger Woods at the Masters, as well as winning both the US Masters and the U.S. Open.
It has been an outstanding career to date, one that is only going to get better over time. He won more than $23 million on the golf course last year, which is pretty good for a 22 year old! However, Spieth is still humble and there are no signs of cockiness or ego.
He was born in Dallas, Texas in 1993 and has two younger siblings.
He got started in golf when his mother purchased a set of plastic clubs which he could use as a toddler to keep him busy while she looked after his younger brother.
He always had a premium place in his heart for baseball as a kid, but gave up his role as a leftie pitcher when he was 12 years old in order to focus on golf.
It wasn’t long until his God gifted talent shone through. He always had an amazing focus which allowed him to block out all distractions when playing and practicising.
But Spieth doesn’t pretend it came easily. He recently joked, “There’s a reason I have a hairline like this right now, and that’s because it’s stressful what we do on a daily basis.”
When he was just 14 years old he talked about his dreams of winning the Masters. He did not know that only 7 years later, he would be wearing the green jacket.
He was only 16 years old when he played in his first PGA Tour event as an amateur. At the Byron Nelson Championship, he finished in a tie for 16th position. This garnered national attention. As a 17 year old he represented the nation in the Ryder Cup, where he went undefeated for the week.
When he graduated from high school, Spieth enrolled in the University of Texas. This led to the Longhorns winning the NCAA Team Championship in 2012 as a freshman. He received first team All-American honors as a result. It was after his first year that Spieth decided to turn pro.
Despite being an ultra-rich youngster, he doesn’t blow money or show off like many others would. He is still with his high school sweetheart, is very close to his family and regularly attends bible study.
His actions show just how humble he is. He makes sure that everyone is thanked in his acceptance speeches, from the groundkeepers to the kitchen staff. He even drives the same car he had in high school.
The pro golfer explained, “No, I’m driving the same car I drove when I was heading into college after senior year. It’s just a Yukon. Honestly, my dad’s very good at keeping me grounded with that, putting it away, growing it. I don’t have a desire to go out and just buy stuff.”
He doesn’t feel the need to impress anyone or put on a show. When he won the Masters last year, he turned down an offer to dine at one of Augusta’s most high end restaurant, preferring to get Chick-fil-A instead.
His sister Ellie is 14 years old and has autism. He cites her as one of his biggest inspirations. She keeps him grounded and encourages him to keep going.
Spieth told CBS This Morning, “She is our motivation. She’s my biggest fan. It puts things in perspective when you look at the big picture and the struggles that she goes through each day just to do simple tasks that we take for granted.”
While many other hotshots will be taking photos with scantily clad models, Spieth takes pictures with his little sister.
“She’s my inspiration,” Spieth told the UK’s Telegraph. “She’s the funniest member of our family. I really love spending time with her. It is humbling to see her and her friends and the struggles they go through each day, which we take for granted. They are the happiest people in the world.”
Each trip, he will bring home a souvenir for his sister. She will also often accompany him on stage when he is giving a talk.
Family is a lot more important to Spieth than the game of golf. This is why he launched the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation to help underprivileged kids, military families and those children who have special needs.
He is a loyal man who doesn’t need to go out clubbing and drinking. He has been with his girlfriend Annie Verret since high school.
She is more than just a pretty lady, she works at a youth organization called First Tee which focuses on impacting kids by having educational programs in place that will build life values and knowledge through the game of golf.
One of the most important pieces of the puzzle is Jesus Christ. Spieth acts like a man that is wise beyond his years. He surrounds himself with like-minded people to keep his mind off temptations, such as Bubba Watson.
Watson shared that young Spieth makes time to invest in his relationship with God and other believers, he said, “He goes to Bible study with us on the Tour here.”
Jordan’s former athletic director in high school shared, “Jordan is just very genuine. He says what he believes. He believes in supporting others, taking care of others before he takes care of himself.”
Jordan’s actions always back up his faith. He lives in a way that all men should, by showing devotion to God by being down to earth and giving back. He is an inspiration to us all at such a young age. Here’s to Jordan Spieth!