Golfer Jordan Spieth Wants to Get Back to Winning Ways and Do More For Society
Jordan Spieth came into prominence in 2015 when he won two major golf championships and finished runner-up in another at the tender age of 22. But it is not serendipity that the American golfer is among the top names in the sport today. The Rolex Testimonee—a label by the brand for individuals who share its values in sports, exploration and the arts—has been chasing his dream of becoming a professional golfer since young and was even named 2009’s Rolex Junior Player of the Year at 16 years old.
This February, the former world No 1 and three-time major champion finished in a tie for fourth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament in California, US. It was his first top 10 finish in nearly a year, having gone through a rough patch with his form and swing. Despite not winning the tournament, Spieth has shown that his dark days are over and he is ready to take on the best on the green, reproducing the type of scintillating performance that wowed golf enthusiasts six years ago. Here, he shares a little bit about himself and his future plans.
How did you first come to play golf?
Jordan Spieth (JS) I hit toy clubs when I was little, but I truly enjoyed and played all sports. My interest and love in the game picked up when I was about 10, and I found myself using any and every excuse to go and hit balls. I started really taking it seriously when I was about 12.
Who have you taken inspiration from throughout your golfing career?
JS Definitely my parents—they were both collegiate athletes and that inspired me when I started taking sports more seriously. They pushed me to make goals and use hard work to achieve them. Throughout my golfing career, my fellow Rolex Testimonee Arnold Palmer has always been someone I’ve admired greatly, in particular the way he carried himself both on and off the course. His example is one I really strive to emulate, and I hope to one day accomplish the type of things he did for the game of golf.
Having achieved so much in a relatively short space of time, what do you consider to be your personal highlight so far?
JS I would say the 2015 Masters sticks out as the most special highlight for me. Winning my first major championship is something I’ll never forget, as it was an ultimate dream of mine being realised in front of all my family and friends. The feeling of walking up the 18th fairway at Augusta National, knowing I was about to win my favourite tournament and be a Masters champion, was just incredibly surreal and special, to say the least.
What are your goals for the future?
JS On the course, my goal is to win more major championships. Off the course, we started the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation in 2013 and since then have provided support to more than 60 different community organisations. I’d love to continue that mission and grow our reach every year.
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