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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 2 Jordan Spieth


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — 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 Gary Williams.

No. 2: Jordan Spieth

Born: July 27, 1993, Dallas, Texas | Career PGA Tour Wins: 6 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 5 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $12,030,465 (1st) | World Ranking: 2

Gary Williams' Take: The 2015 season produced one of the greatest major championship seasons in golf history by the now-22-year-old Texan. Finishes of 1st-1st-4th-2nd in the majors put him in the company of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in terms of the greatest major championship campaigns. Spieth is determined to gain some length off the tee, but his changes are more nuanced than anything close to reconstruction in his swing. For all his short game genius, Spieth is an underrated ball striker and finished 1st on the PGA Tour in proximity to the hole from the rough last season. However, when you make an ungodly percentage (about 28%) of putts from 15-20 feet, it is hard to focus on anything else. Spieth made par sexy again with memorable saves all year, highlighted by his up-and-down par save on the 18th on Saturday at The Masters. His hyper competitiveness should keep him in contention virtually every week. It will be fascinating to see how he backs up his year for the ages.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 12
Wins: 2
2015 Performance:
    Masters – 1
    U.S. Open – 1
    British Open – T4
    PGA Championship - 2
Best Career Finishes
    Masters – 1 (2015)
    U.S. Open – 1 (2015)
    British Open – T4 (2015)
    PGA Championship - 2 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 7
Missed Cuts: 3

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