“At 22, he’s the youngest player to win five times in a season since Horton Smith in 1929.” — Golf Magazine
Flashback: Remember When Kelly Tilghman Ludicrously Insulted Jordan To Praise Woods
$12,030,465 Season Shatters Vijay’s Former Record
NBC Victory Song for Jordan Spieth:
5:36 pm Update
Jordan Cements Legacy
Youngest Ever, Greatest Ever
Clinches SI Sportsman of the Year
Hicks: “Year of Spieth”
Most Money Won in a Year
Lanny H: “Young Tom Jordan!”
Jacobson: Have Not Seen Such Putter Since Watson
2:55 pm Update
- I’m still trying to figure out what word Johnny Miller was looking for when he referred to a so-so approach shot as “commercial.” Did he mean pedestrian? Generic?
- Jordan, should he win, will set a couple more “youngest ever” marks.
T minus two hours…
I’m getting fired up. It dawns on me that Jordan’s year won’t end today. Regardless of what happens, Jordan will be leading our U.S. team into international battle. Jordan could equal the U.S. women’s soccer team’s accomplishment — a mere afterthought to him — in addition to the little matter of winning two majors by age 21.
If Jordan wins today and the U.S. then goes on to win the Presidents Cup, there would be no doubt: Jordan Spieth, Sportsman of the Year!
THONGCHAI DOES IT!!
Euro Sevener Thongchai Jaidee has claimed victory at the Porsche European Open. American Ryder Cupper and PGA Tour hero Hunter Mahan failed to make the cut.
[Note: Euro Sevener Thongchai Jaidee is currently tied for the lead at the European Open. Golf Channel is showing the finish live! Invincible PGA Tour player Hunter Mahan missed the cut, for those keeping score.]
Playoff Feel: Finally, these “playoffs” have a playoff feel. We’re down to a two-man contest; that’s the way playoffs are supposed to be. The way the real playoffs work (i.e., the WGC Match Play).
Of course, golf being golf, today’s action is not really a two-man duel. If the leaders falter or tread water while someone chasing gets hot, we could wind up with a winner coming from the pack. But the table is set for a two-man battle, like, oh, say, the Super Bowl.
Sportsman of the Year: What nominees could there be for SI’s Sportsman of the Year award this year?
Jordan Spieth (won two majors by age 21, far surpassing Woods did at that age — and yet Woods won Sportsman of the Year for two amateur wins and some weak fall events)
Victor Espinoza/American Pharoah (the only argument against I see is that Ron Turcotte/Secretariat didn’t win)
Serena Williams (she had a great year, but her best argument is her career)
U.S. women’s soccer team (they won the women’s World Cup, which is not even a competitive event; in thirteen world cups/Olympics, the worst the U.S. women have eight wins and have never finished worse than 3rd; look up “institutional racism” in the dictionary, and you’ll find a picture of the U.S. women’s soccer team)
Tom Brady (the argument here is television ratings, because some think that would be a factor if the women’s soccer team got the award; Brady was MVP of Super Bowl for the third time; he’s won before, but so has the U.S. women’s soccer team, and the Super Bowl ratings dwarf women’s soccer)
Crowns and Slams (this would be my choice if it weren’t Jordan Spieth outright; it’s a way to honor Espinoza/American Pharoah, Serena Williamsm and Jordan Spieth all in one fell swoop.
Serena and Soccer (this would be the funniest; SI might think throwing Serena a bone would hide the inherent racism of choosing the women’s soccer team; this would, rather hilariously leave Spieth and Espinoza/Pharoah in the cold)