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10 things you may not know about US Open champion Jordan Spieth

Published 22/06/2015 | 07:54

Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth kisses the U.S. Open Championship Trophy after winning the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth kisses the U.S. Open Championship Trophy after winning the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth (middle) is presented with the U.S. Open Championship Trophy while standing next to Louis Oosthuizen (left) after the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth acknowledges the crowd on the 18th green after completing the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth (left) and Branden Grace shake hands after completing the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth (right) leans on caddie Michael Greller on the 18th green in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth waves to the crowd on the 18th green in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth waves to the crowd after completing the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth putts on the 18th green in the final round of the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 21, 2015; University Place, WA, USA; Jordan Spieth hoists the U.S. Open Championship Trophy after winning the 2015 U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jordan Spieth made it two major victories in a row with a one-shot win at the US Open (AP)

Texan Jordan Spieth became a multiple major winner in the early hours of the mornings. Here's 10 things you may not know about the newest US Open champion.

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1. Depending on which part of the internet you believe, the name Spieth comes from Middle High German and means either ''successful'' and ''speedy'' or ''late''.

 

2.  Recently started the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust, which focuses on special needs youth, military families and junior golf. It is inspired by his younger sister Ellie, who has autism.

 

3. Even world number one Rory McIlroy was impressed by the course-record 63 Spieth produced to win the Australian Open in December. ''You could give me another 100 rounds today at the Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63,'' McIlroy wrote on Twitter.

 

4. Spieth is an occasional member of the ''money games'' organised by Phil Mickelson in practice rounds before tournaments.

 

5. Won the John Deere Classic two weeks before his 20th birthday in 2013, thereby becoming the first teenage winner on the PGA Tour since 1931.

 

6. Is only the second player after Tiger Woods to have won the US junior amateur championship more than once.

 

7. Spieth rented two houses at the Masters in April, one to sleep in and the other to hang out with friends and family. It worked, as he landed his first major.

 

8. He won two and a half points from his four matches at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles last year, losing to Graeme McDowell in the first singles match after being three up with nine holes to play.

 

9. One of his mentors is fellow Texan Ben Crenshaw.

 

10. As a four-year-old Texas Rangers fan, Spieth attempted to catch a stray ball at a game, lost it in the lights and had his two front teeth knocked out.

SPIETH BY NUMBERS

Six - Spieth is the sixth man after Craig Wood, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win the Masters and US Open in the same year.

 

Eight - The number of rounds Spieth has played in major championships in 2015, leading or co-leading in seven of them.

 

Two - Spieth won the US Amateur title in 2009 and 2011, joining Woods as the only multiple winner.

 

21 - Spieth is the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors aged 21 or younger.

 

1.8million - The amount, in US dollars, won by Spieth for his US Open victory (£1.13million).

 

10 - Number of majors Spieth has played in his career, including one as an amateur.

 

19 - Spieth became the only player to reach 19 under par at Augusta National during his Masters victory in April.

 

2.5 - Points won by Spieth and Patrick Reed from their three matches together in the 2014 Ryder Cup.

 

19 - Spieth was 19 when he won the John Deere Classic in 2013, becoming the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in 82 years.

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