5 Things You Need to Know About Jordan Spieth

By Jon Ackerman
Sunday September 1st, 2013 11:58 am EDT

What were you doing when you were 20? Working retail at the mall? Constantly looking out for the next college house party? Driving the 15-year-old car your older sister passed down to you?

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Chances are you were not among the top 30 in your field and already a millionaire. That's okay, not everyone can be Jordan Spieth. Less than two weeks before his 20th birthday, the Texan collected his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic in July, and on Wednesday, he became a captain's pick to join the U.S. squad for this fall's Presidents Cup. He'll be the youngest American ever in the event.

Because he's so young, he's so new. Here are five things you need to know about the youngest PGA Tour winner since 1931:

1) Upon turning pro in December 2012, Spieth stated his goal was to make the FedExCup playoffs. Yet, the series of tournaments is open only to PGA Tour members. Spieth – who never went to Q school, going straight from the University of Texas to needing sponsor exemptions for PGA events – officially became one with his John Deere Classic win, and the points he earned previously in 15 events retroactively counted in his point total. That shot him to 11th in the FedEx Cup standings; he now stands 10th. Many of those points came from his third event this season, where he tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open after doing this in the third round:

2) Spieth signed with Under Armour in January, making him just the second golfer to represent the company, joining Hunter Mahan. The athletic gear outfitter undoubtedly helped cover Spieth's newfound travel costs, and opened the door to possible sponsor appearances with the likes of Tom Brady, Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods' girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn.

3) Spieth appeared eight times on the PGA Tour prior to turning pro, making the cut in five of those events. At the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship in his hometown of Dallas – his PGA Tour debut – he became the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour tournament.

4) The low amateur at the 2012 U.S. Open (he tied for 21st at 7-over), Spieth captured U.S. Junior Amateur (under 18) titles in 2009 and '11. The only other male to win multiple U.S. Junior Amateurs: Tiger Woods. But a teenaged Woods never won a PGA Tour event. Neither did Phil Mickelson, nor Rory McIlroy.

5) As a freshman in 2012, Spieth led Texas to its first men's golf national title since 1972. The much-anticipated matchup in the Texas-Alabama national championship showdown was between Spieth and 'Bama's Justin Thomas. Spieth won 3 & 2. Thomas remains in school and is ranked No. 12 in the world amateur rankings.

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