A New Swing From the Past / Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth , with a new swing from the past, has two PGA Tour wins under his belt in addition to two wins internationally with victories in the 2014 Emirates Australian Open and the Hero World Challenge, is poised to win a third PGA Tour title today at the Houston Open.  His first PGA Tour title was in 2013 at the John Deer Classic where he burst on the scene at 19 years of age and tour rookie of the year to begin his career.  It seems Jordan plays well this time of year.

In the 2014 Masters Tournament, and first appearance at this hallowed event, Jordan played in the last group in the fourth round with the ultimate second time champion Bubba Watson.  At several points in the contest Jordan had the lead with a margin of 2 strokes on the front nine.  Ultimately his inexperience, on one of the toughest courses on the planet, proved more than his ability and mental preparation could bear.  This could be different next week.

Amateur Career | Jordan Spieth

Jordan was born in July of 1993 and grew up in Dallas, Texas.  He attended St. Monica Catholic School and Jesuit College Preparatory School.  Jordon won the 2009 and 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships where he joined Tiger Woods as the only multiple winner.  He attended college as a Longhorn at the University of Texas where he won three events and led his team to the NCAA Championship.  Jordan currently comes in at 6’ 1” and weighs 185 pounds.  Even more remarkably Jordan was invited to play in the Byron Nelson Championship in 2010 as an amateur and made the cut where he placed 16th in the final standings.  He was tied for 7th after the third round.  In December of 2012, at the age of 19, Jordan turned professional and joined the PGA Tour.

Professional Stats | Jordan Spieth

About two weeks before his 20th birthday Jordan won the John Deer Classic in a three way playoff on the fifth hole of sudden death against tour veterans Zach Johnson and David Hearn.  He became the first teenager to win a tour title in 82 years last accomplished by Ralph Guldahl in 1931 at the Santa Monica Open.  With this title Jordan was granted full status on the PGA Tour as well as a position at the 2013 British Open and PGA Championships and the 2014 Masters Tournament.  He also at the time moved to 59th position in the Official World Golf Ranking.  Just five weeks later Jordan tied Patrick Reed at the Wyndham Championship only to lose in a playoff.  I guess Jordan settled that score on the 3rd sudden death playoff hole with Reed two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship.

Jordan averages 294 yards off the tee with 58.8% of his drives finding the fairway.  This should improve over time.  He hits 63.33% of his greens in regulation and is spending 27.3 putts per round which is remarkable. Also he is averaging 99.58% of his putts finding the hole from 3 feet and 83.33% of his putts from 6 feet.  His fourth round putting also seems to improve from his prior rounds averaging 26.57 beginning at 27.88.  I guess when the pressure is on Jordan seems to rise to the occasion.   His sand save percentage is 53.85% and overall scrambling comes in at 62.63.  Not bad for a young guy just beginning his career.  Honestly when looking at his stats and comparing them to the field nothing currently is outstanding until you get to FedExCup Season Points where he currently is 2nd (soon to be first),  Money Leaders, currently ranked 4th, and Official World Golf Ranking of 4th, again moving up rapidly.

Classic Move | Jordan Spieth

One of the qualities Jordan Spieth utilizes is a slight press forward with his right hip just before his take away.  Like Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen before him this slight press to the right initiates and kicks his swing into motion.  This is a classic move and one that is rarely seen these days.  Thanks Jordon for the excitement and keep it coming.  We all have great expectations for you.

Jordon Spieth / How to Play Golf Better

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