Spieth's 20th birthday: 20 things about Jordan Spieth

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Credit: Spieth family
The Spieths, shown on vacation in 2004.
July 27, 2013

First-year PGA TOUR member and the latest first-time winner Jordan Spieth celebrates his 20th birthday today.

Spieth, who turned pro after his freshman campaign at Texas, easily earned enough money to become a Special Temporary Member early in 2013 and became a full member with his John Deere Classic victory earlier this month.

With his win, Spieth became eligible to compete in the FedExCup Playoffs and he currently occupies the 12th position in the FedExCup standings. In addition to his victory, Spieth has five other top-10 finishes on the 2013 season including a runner-up showing at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com and a sixth-place finish at the AT&T National.

A two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion, Spieth burst onto the PGA TOUR scene at age 16 when he entered the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship tied for seventh and went on to a tie for 16th after an even-par final round.

He made seven more TOUR starts as an amateur over the next two-plus years, making five cuts and finishing tied for 21st at the 2012 U.S. Open to earn low amateur honors.

Below, Spieth’s mother, Chris, shares 20 things about her son Jordan.

20 Things about Jordan Spieth
Jordan got started with little tykes plastic golf clubs when he was 18 months old to keep him busy when his younger brother Steven was born.
He played soccer, baseball, football, and basketball growing up and loved to compete at all of them.
Jordan golfs righty but was a left-handed baseball player (pitcher/first base/center field) and still shoots a basketball left-handed.
As a 4-year-old Rangers fan, Jordan went to catch a pop up, lost it in the lights with his Dad and had his two front teeth knocked out at the game.
Jordan’s grandfather is an orchestra conductor, he started taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old and played for 4 years until sports got in the way.
At 9 years old Jordan mowed the grass as low as possible in the corner of the yard to create a golf hole for practice chipping and putting.
He brings Ellie, his special needs sister and inspiration, a special key chain from everywhere he travels.
Jordan would volunteer Wednesdays of his senior year of high school at his sister’s school in Dallas.
He missed his high school graduation to play Saturday afternoon round in the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
He won the NCAA Division I National Championship as a freshman at Texas (and misses the vicious ping pong games!).
Jordan is a die-hard Texas sports fan! (Cowboys, Rangers, Mavs, Stars, and UT Longhorns)
Neither of his parents played golf growing up. His dad played college baseball at Lehigh University and his mom played college basketball at Moravian College.
Jordan has played golf with President George W. Bush, who also takes lessons from Cameron McCormick, who’s coached Jordan since age 13.
Jordan’s 6-foot, 6-inch younger brother Steven will play basketball for Brown University starting this fall.
Jordan broke the growth plate in his finger playing football when he was in 5th grade.
Jordan loves to fish and caught his guide the first time he went fly fishing ... a 180 lb catch!
Jordan favorite summer vacations were at the beach in Wilmington N.C. with family, boogie boarding and body surfing.
He failed his first drivers permit test!
Jordan took snowboard lessons at age 10 in Telluride, Colo.
Jordan loves country music!
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