What A Year For Spieth!
Membership to an elite club of legends beckons
Spieth's dramatic victory on the links at Royal Birkdale in north-west England saw him add the Open's famous Claret Jug to the Masters green jacket he won at Augusta in 2015 and his US Open title the same year. The Texan has now emulated the great Jack Nicklaus in winning three different majors before the age of 24.
At the moment Nicklaus is one of just five players to have claimed
all four majors, Spieth could be the youngest to get there. "It's incredible. It's a life goal of mine. It's a career goal. Growing up playing golf, I just wanted to be able to play in major championships and compete with the best in the world, and things have happened very quickly," said Spieth. He survived a major wobble in the last round at Birkdale to end on 12 under par and beat compatriot Matt Kuchar by three shots.
He was already the fourth-youngest man to capture two majors with his 2015 double, having previously become the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in over 80 years at the John Deere Classic in 2013. Adding to his achievements, Spieth warmed up for Birkdale with a victory at the Travellers Championship, which allowed him to match Tiger Woods in reaching double digits for tour, wins by such a young age. "It's good and bad, because a lot comes with it. And a lot more attention, versus just being able to kind of go about your own thing. And I never realised how underrated that was."
Praise from Nicklaus
Along with Nicklaus, the other players to
Rolex testimonee and champion golfer of the year Jordan Spieth