The list of 100 was divided into five categories: Icons, Pioneers, Titans, Artists and Leaders. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo penned a brief tribute to the Dallas-born Spieth:
"Jordan Spieth exemplifies everything that’s great about sports. We want our heroes to stand up to every challenge and deliver over and over again. And because we care so much about their performances, we often give them a pass in the rest of their lives. But once every decade or so someone like Jordan Spieth comes along. Jordan captures our imagination on the course and impresses us off of it."
The 22-year-old, two-time major champion joins Tiger Woods (2004, '09), Michelle Wie (2006), Lorena Ochoa (2008), Phil Mickelson (2010), Yani Tseng (2012) and Lydia Ko (2014) to receive the magazine's honor.