21 years to the day, a golfing sensation was born. It could well be deemed foolish to heap that sort of praise on someone so young but in the case of Jordan Speith this type of acclaim has already been vindicated from his astonishing journey to the very pinnacle of professional golf.
Speith is now a name that golf aficionados across the globe regularly enjoy admiring the talents of and anticipate seeing on the front page of leaderboards, however not even two years ago he failed to feature within the top 800 golfers in the world rankings and even his fellow Texans may not have spotted this emerging star.
Things really started to take shape for Jordan at the beginning of the 2013 season, making cuts in three successive tournaments, finishing tied second in The Puerto Rico Open and on July 14th he picked up his inaugural victory on The PGA Tour at The John Deere Classic. In achieving this incredible feat he became the fourth youngest winner on The PGA Tour, bettering legends of the game such as Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros and Phil Mickelson. What made this triumph ever sweeter was the manner in which he secured it, holing a greenside bunker shot to force a three way playoff between Zach Johnson and David Hearn eventually obtaining the trophy on the fifth of those playoff holes.
From this point onwards Jordan simply hasn’t looked back, taking the golfing world by storm consistently defying the odds out shining vastly experienced fellow golfers. This victory amongst other incredible performances earned Speith the title of PGA Rookie of the year and a spot in The Presidents Cup team all before the conclusion of last season.
Speith specialises in simplicity, he will never process the length off the tee of a McIlroy, or the flair of a Mickelson but his control and composure on a golf course is without question exceptional for a man of his years. He breaks the mould. Youthful breakthrough golfers tend to draw on bursts of confidence, instinct and raw and unpolished potential, but Speith seems to play as if he has been on tour for an eternity with effortless class and poise.
So where next for this young man. Well he’s almost guaranteed spot in The US Ryder Cup team in September and after finishing tied second in The Masters and performing well in both The Open and US Open Championships attention turns to The PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in just over a week’s time. It’s a golf course that should suit Speith and whoever has watched this professional blossom over the past year and a half surely wouldn’t put clinching the title past him, it would certainly make for a marvellous belated 21st birthday present.
Good luck Jordan.