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Breaking Down the Dream Season for “The Kid”

“Pinch me.  I must be dreaming.”

Anyone else in the world that’s his age would say that after having the year that Jordan Spieth had.  Anyone else in the world that’s his age would have been barely out of college.

Jordan Spieth with the FedEx Cup (photo courtesy CBS Sports)

Not this young ‘un.  He departed the University of Texas midway through his sophomore year in 2012, did so with class (like he does everything) and has us all glued to the HD tv or our Mobile device every time he tees it up.

This season not only left us in awe, but also put us in the “can’t wait” mode until next year.  Just a few of his accomplishments, outside of the giving the Modern Day Grand Slam quite a scare:

  • He’s the youngest player (22) to ever have one 5 times in one season
  • He won the Vardon Trophy and was named the PGA of America’s Player of the Year (second youngest ever)
  • He set the single season money record winning $12,030,465 +  the $10,000,000 bonus for winning the FedEx Cup

Some firsts for him (as far as ranking goes):

  • #1 in FedEx Cup Season Points
  • #1 in FedEx Cup Playoff Points
  • #1 in official money won
  • Ranked #1 in putting with 1.699 putts per hole
  • Ranked #1 in putts from outside 25 feet
  • Lowest round of the year on tour – 61 at the John Deere Classic
  • #1 in scoring average at 68.93

Absolutely astonishing.

TitliestUnder Armour and SuperStroke hit the jackpot by locking him in to their brands, not only by what they are paying him, but what they are getting in return.

“Yes, sir,” “Yes, mam,” is the standard vocabulary when he’s interviewed.

And when he’s asked by a reporter about the success of his round, it’s all about “We,” not about “Me.”

To say he is grounded would be the understatement of the year.  He’s a Christian and regularly attends PGA Tour Bible study meetings.  His grandfather is a college music teacher and a former orchestra conductor.  When his sister Ellie came out to him after finishing at East Lake, he asked her to join him when he signed his card.  He says he gets his inspiration from HER!

The kid wreaks of class!

Any other player his age would be gutting it out on the developmental tours and we’d be checking his ID before he’d be allowed to tee it up on tour.

And there was nothing but humility oozing from the podium when he was accepting the FedEx Cup following the round.

“You’re welcome, Mr. Finchem, this one’s a keeper,” the golf gods were have rumored to have said to the commish from above.

2016 can’t get here quickly enough!

Jordan Spieth with his family (photo courtesy VancouverSun.com)