July 1 2013
How does rookie Jordan Spieth, 19, compare to Tiger Woods during his rookie season of 1996?
By Jessica Rangel, PGATOUR.COM
Jordan Spieth continued to establish himself among the elite of professional golfers this past weekend at the AT&T National. The 36-hole co-leader claimed sixth place for his fifth top 10 in 14 PGA TOUR starts this season. At the young age of 19, Spieth is finding success in golf quite early.
There is another golfer who was able to achieve success this early as well -- Tiger Woods, who stepped on to the scene in 1996. At age 20, Woods claimed his first PGA TOUR victory by winning the Las Vegas Invitational. It was his fifth event since turning professional.
Both Woods and Spieth have been the only ones to win multiple U.S. Junior Amateurs. With Spieth’s success at a young age, it leaves to question, is a new golf sensation here? Below is a comparison of statistics between Spieth of 2013 (14 events) and Woods during his 1996 season (11 events, eight as a professional).
What do you think? Does Spieth have what it takes to become one of the game's greats?
|Driving Distance||Driving Accuracy||Strokes Gained-Putting||Putting Average||Greens In Regulation||Proximity to Hole||Scrambling|
|Jordan Spieth (2013)||287.5 (95th)||67.02% (T20)||-.206 (134th)||1.752 (31st)||66.32% (56th)||34-6 (T46)||58.76% (71st)|
|*Tiger Woods (1996)||302.8 (1st)||69.02% (92nd)||**NA||1.778 (T50)
||71.17% (6th)||**NA||60.76% (51st)|
* -- Woods did not have the minimum number of events to official be ranked statistically in 1996. The rankings show were he would have ranked if he did have the minimum number of qualifying events
** -- Strokes gained-putting and proximity to the hole statistics were not available in 1996