It’s easy to root for guys like Jason Day and Rory McIlroy; they’re electrifying, they overpower golf courses the way Tiger Woods once did. But why do we root for Jordan Spieth?
I found myself asking that yesterday as Spieth was cleaning up one of the best seasons in PGA Tour history.
Spieth isn’t very long — Henrik Stenson was out-driving him with his 3-wood yesterday — and he doesn’t exactly have the prettiest swing on tour (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Maybe we root for him because he’s lights out with the putter. Maybe we root for him because he’s a 22-year-old who isn’t afraid to win. Maybe we root for him because we all love seeing 45,000 Under Armour logos at once (it’s a real thing of beauty). Or maybe we root for him because the first thing you think about, the moment Spieth wins the TOUR Championship and also secured the FedEX Cup, was how this is a guy who is going to not only going to compensate his caddie, Michel Greller, and put him in the Top 40 on the PGA Tour money list ($2.2 million), but that everyone else around him is going to be taken care of.
Spieth just comes across as that kind of guy. Unlike a lot of modern players who say the right things in front of the camera, you always get the sense that Spieth is backing up his talk. And he reaffirmed that when he was asked about what he would do with his $10 million FedEx cup prize.
“What it allows me to do is, it allows me to now even more so, take care of the people that have given me this position and allowed this to happen. Like I always say, it is a team effort. A lot of behind the scenes work goes in when we’re at home, when we’re in the early stages and on course here.”
“It’s fantastic. I have an opportunity now, with a year like this and a bonus like that, to celebrate and to share it with the people that have made it possible. And that’s kind of the plan. Our team did an unbelievable job this year. Everything was exactly how we needed it to be to peak at the right times. If we can continue to do that, then we’ll have more seasons like this.”
Yep. This is exactly why we root for him.
What a year for this 22-year-old! pic.twitter.com/1FKcHPO0eS
— SkratchTV (@skratchTV) September 28, 2015
Helluva season, Jordan.
UPDATE: Minutes ago, it was announced that Jordan Spieth just got more icing on his cake.
— PGA.COM (@PGA_com) September 28, 2015