How the young Texan got to within a single major of joining the game’s most exclusive club.
• US OPEN While still an amateur, Spieth replaces the injured Brandt Snedeker and serves notice of his promise by recording a T21. A 74, 74, 69, 70 leaves him 7-over and tied with, among others, Tiger Woods. His weekend score was topped only by winner Webb Simpson. “You know, maybe I’m ready to go,” he said, before turning pro. • THE MASTERS Does not play. • US OPEN Misses the cut on +20. • THE OPEN Finishes T44 on +13. • US PGA Misses the cut on +8. • THE MASTERS Finishes T2, three shots behind Bubba Watson.
• US OPEN Finishes T17, 13 strokes behind winner Martin Kaymer.
• THE OPEN Finishes T36 at Hoylake, 15 shots behind Rory McIlroy.
• US PGA Misses the cut at Valhalla. • THE MASTERS Lands his maiden major. Leads wire-towire, wins by four, ties Tiger’s lowest score in Masters history (270) and records the most tournament birdies in Masters history (28), three more than Phil Mickelson’s previous record.
• US OPEN Wins at Chambers Bay by a single stroke, becoming the youngest US Open champion since Bobby Jones in 1923. He also becomes the youngest player to hold both Masters and US Open in the same year and the youngest to win two majors before the age of 22. As GW was going to press, Jordan Spieth was preparing to tee it up in the US PGA. If he completes the set there, he’ll replace Tiger as the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam and join a very select few men with all four majors to their name – as the box below shows.
• THE OPEN Returns to the spotlight with a majestic, shambolic and majestic win at Birkdale. Joins Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win three different majors before the age of 24. • THE MASTERS T11, eight adrift. • US OPEN T35, 17 behind • THE MASTERS 2nd, meltdown on 12. • US OPEN T37, 13 adrift. • THE OPEN T30, 22 short. • US PGA T13, seven behind. • THE OPEN Misses play-off by a single shot.
• US PGA Finishes 2nd, three adrift.