You Oughta Know: Spieth’s outrageous one-year run


Jordan Spieth’s run to the top of the golf world started with his victory last year at the Australian Open. One year later, the No. 1 player in the world sits three shots back of leader Matt Jones with 18 holes to play at the Australian Golf Club in a bid to repeat as champion.

Here is a look at what Spieth has accomplished since his Aussie Open win last year:

• In the last calendar year, Spieth has racked up seven victories in 27 starts, winning the Australian Open, Hero World Challenge, Valspar Championship, the Masters, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, and Tour Championship.

• His worldwide earnings over the last year, including his winning share from last year’s Aussie Open, total $22,429,215.

• Twelve times in those 27 events has Spieth finished in the top three, with runner-ups at Valero Texas Open, Shell Houston Open, Crowne Plaza at Colonial and PGA Championship.  

• In 17 of those 27 events, he has finished inside the top 10.

• Spieth first ascended to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after the PGA, and after trading the top spot back and forth with Jason Day, Spieth has moved to No. 1 four times in the last three months.

• With a win Sunday, Spieth would be the ninth player to win the Australian Open in back-to-back years since its inception in 1904. He would join Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Ivo Whitton, Ossie Pickworth, Norman Von Nida, Carnegie Clark, and most recently Aaron Baddeley.

• Spieth co-led through 54 holes last year and fired a final-round 8-under 63 to win by six.

• Playing with Spieth, Jones leads by three. He is best known to American audiences for winning the 2014 Shell Houston Open on a walk-off, leading this year’s PGA Championship through 36 holes, and playing from this hospitality tent at Whistling Straits.

• Adam Scott sits in a tie for seventh, nine shots back. Winless in 2015, Scott has earned at least one worldwide victory every year since 2001.

• The Australian Open is the first event in this year’s Open Qualifying Series. The top three players who aren’t already qualified for the 2016 Open Championship will earn invites to Royal Troon. Heading into the final round, those three players would be Jones, Rhein Gibson, and Aron Price over Lincoln Tighe via a world-ranking tiebreaker.

• Just one shot behind Price and Tighe is former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, who could also punch his ticket to Troon.