Jordan Spieth at 22: Top Career Moments

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It’s scary to think Jordan Spieth is just 22-years-old with all that he’s already accomplished in his career. July 27th is Spieth’s birthday, and it’s hard to imagine he hasn’t gotten everything on his wish list.

Despite being just 22, the list of Spieth’s career accomplishments is a long one. Here’s a look back on the career defining moments of the kid from Texas.

Jordan Spieth: Career Defining Moments

1. 2013 John Deere Classic

Spieth’s first career win on the PGA Tour came at the 2013 John Deere Classic. He won it in a three-way sudden death playoff over Zach Johnson and David Hearn. Spieth became the the first teenager to win a PGA tour event in 82 years.

2. 2014 Masters

In 2014, Spieth played the Masters for the first time. So how did the 20-year-old kid do at Augusta? Just tie for second and finish 5-under par.

“I’m hungry,” Spieth said after the final round. “That was fun but at the same time it hurts right now. I didn’t come out on top but I can take a lot of positives away.”

3. 2014 Australian Open

Spieth took home his second professional win later in 2014 at the Australian Open. In the final round, he shot a course record 63 to win by six strokes.

4. 2014 Hero World Challenge

A week after winning the Australian Open, Spieth won the Hero World Challenge in Florida. He won the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion, and in doing so set a new tournament scoring record of 26-under par.

5. 2015 Valspar Championship

Spieth entered 2015 firmly entrenched as a top 10 player in the world. In March, a month before the Masters, Spieth won his fourth professional tournament at the Valspar Championship in a three-way playoff over Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair. The win moved him to 6th in the World Golf Rankings.

6. 2015 Masters

When we look back years from now on Spieth’s career, the 2015 Masters will likely be the tournament everyone points to as the one where everything changed. Spieth shot an opening round 64 and led by three shots after Thursday. The following day, Spieth shot 66 to break the 36-hole Masters scoring record by posting 14-under through two rounds. There was no catching him after that. Spieth finished the Masters at 18-under par, tying Tiger Woods’ 1997 score record. He became the second youngest person ever to win the Masters, and the win made him a breakout star.

7. 2015 U.S. Open

A month after the Masters, Spieth did something only five players had ever done before him – win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same calendar year. It wasn’t as easy at Chambers Bay as it was at Augusta, where Spieth won by four strokes. A one stroke victory over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen made for one of the most exciting finishes in U.S. Open history. Spieth became the youngest U.S. Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923.

8. 2015 John Deere Classic

Spieth prepped for the 2015 British Open by returning to the site of his first PGA Tour win – the John Deere Classic. A 61 in the third round propelled Spieth to another win, his fourth of the season.

9. 2015 British Open

In one of the most anticipated British Opens in history, Spieth was attempting to become only the second player in golf history to win the first three legs of the Grand Slam – the other being Ben Hogan in 1953. A 6-under 66 on Sunday (third round) put Spieth at 11-under, one shot behind the leaders heading into Monday’s final round. Spieth briefly had a share of the lead after a miraculous birdie put on 16, but a bogey on 17 gave it right back, and Spieth ended up missing out on a three-man playoff by one stroke.