First, a quick reminder of the golfers who have won Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year:
- 1960 Arnold Palmer
- 1964 Ken Venturi
- 1971 Lee Trevino
- 1978 Jack Nicklaus
- 1987 Patty Sheehan
- 1996 Tiger Woods
- 2000 Tiger Woods
Notice that Tiger Woods won it in 1996 at age 20. His two biggest wins? The US Amateur and the NCAA Championship. He also won two weak pro events. A nice year, sure, but Sportsman of the Year?
Now, here we have Jordan Spieth, age 21, who won the Masters, the U.S. Open, lost the British Open by one stroke, and won two other PGA Tour events. And it’s only July.
The only fly in the ointment would be American Pharoah, the horse who won the Triple Crown. However, no Triple Crown winner has ever won it before, including Secretariat. If Secretariat didn’t win, it’s hard to see American Pharoah winning.
What other competition is there? The women’s soccer team? I’m sorry, but that’s just not that big of a deal. We have so many international competitions, some random US team or other is bound to win some of them. The Triple Crown is a far bigger feat than women’s soccer.
Anything else? I can’t remember any big hero from baseball, basketball, hockey, or football.
Jordan Spieth excels not only on the course, but off it as well. A person would be hard-pressed to find a nominee with as much class.
Sports Illustrated, the only choice is Jordan Spieth.