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Top 30 Golfers for the 2015 Majors: No. 5 Jordan Spieth


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 5: Jordan Spieth

Born: July 27, 1993, Dallas, Texas | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,342,748 (11th) World Ranking: 4

2014 Key Stats:

      Birdie or Better Conversion Percentage: 34.24% (2nd)

      Total Birdies: 389 (2nd)

      Scrambling from the Rough: 62.01% (9th)

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Spieth, after having a share of the 54-hole lead at the 2014 Masters, went on to finish second, and in doing so became the youngest-ever runner-up at the year’s first major. One month later, he very nearly captured The Players Championship. For most of the rest of the year his play was not as spectacular, but it’s what he did in the brief offseason that turned heads and dropped jaws. There is no bigger predictor of superstardom than contending in majors at an early age and winning tournaments by a wide margin while one is still in their early 20s. Though Jordan didn’t win The Masters, his play there left no doubt that major wins are in his future, and his six stroke win at the Australian Open and 10-stroke blowout at the Hero World Challenge in December showed a gear that no one knew he had. For the year, he led the tour in one-putt greens and was 13th in scrambling but struggled with his driver until an offseason fix by his teacher Cameron McCormick put him on track. It is that change and his runaway wins that put him among the favorites to win multiple times this year. His play thus far in 2015 — a win at Valspar, a runner-up at the Valero Texas Open and three other top-7 finishes — has done nothing to diminish those expectations.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 8
Wins: 0

2014 Performance:
Masters - T2
U.S. Open - T17
British Open - T36
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T2 (2014)
U.S. Open - T17 (2014)
British Open - T36 (2014)
PGA Championship - Cut (2013, '14)
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Top-25 Finishes: 3
Missed Cuts: 3

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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