FACTBOX: Jordan Spieth who won the British Open

Factbox on American Jordan Spieth who won the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday. Spieth has an autistic sister who inspired him to set up the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, which raises money particularly for special needs children.

By: Reuters | Published: July 24, 2017 10:01 am
Jordan Spieth, British Open, Indian Express Jordan Spieth is the youngest American to win The Open. (Source: Reuters)

Factbox on American Jordan Spieth who won the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday:
Height: 1.85 metres
Weight: 84 kg
Born: Dallas
Age: 23 (born July 27 1993)
Turned professional: 2012
Career earnings: $32.5 million
Wins this year: 3
Career wins: 11
Major wins: Masters 2015, U.S. Open 2016, British Open 2017
Best place in U.S. PGA: 2nd 2016

*Spieth is the youngest American to win The Open and joins Jack Nicklaus in having won three legs of golf’s grand slam before reaching 24.

*After turning professional in 2012, he became the youngest man in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event.

*At 21 years, eight months, he was the second youngest Masters winner after Tiger Woods (21 years, three months).

*When he won the U.S. Open title months later he was the youngest winner since Bobby Jones, also 21, in 1923.

*He was the sixth golfer to win the two events in the same year, and the first man since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to claim two majors before reaching 22.

*Spieth has played in two Presidents Cup, one Ryder Cup and, as an amateur, the Walker Cup.

*Spieth has an autistic sister who inspired him to set up the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, which raises money particularly for special needs children.

*None of his family play golf although his father played college baseball and his mother basketball. She brought him plastic clubs as a toddler. His favourite sport was initially baseball but he focused on golf at the age of 13, having begun taking lessons from former golf pro Cameron McCormick the previous year.

*As a student, he won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in 2009 and 2011, a double triumph done previously only by Tiger Woods.

*He has been with his caddie, ex-maths teacher Michael Greller, since 2011.

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