What A Year For Spi­eth!

Mem­ber­ship to an elite club of leg­ends beck­ons

Golf Asia - - GOLFING TEE BOX - BY ANDY SCOTT

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

Jor­dan Spi­eth

Rolex tes­ti­monee and cham­pion golfer of the year Jor­dan Spi­eth

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