Jordan Spieth has taken the world of golf by storm in 2015.
The 21-year old Texan won the Masters in April for his first career major and followed that up with a win at the U.S. Open last month putting him halfway to a Grand Slam– the same Grand Slam that hasn’t been accomplished since 1930 and Bobby Jones.
No man has ever won the modern Grand Slam.
After winning his second consecutive major, Spieth was nominated for one of the ESPY awards in the category of Best Breakthrough Athlete.
He’s nomiated against New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, and Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis.
Spieth is only the sixth professional golfer to ever win the first two majors of the calendar season. The pace has been set.
The last golfer to accomplish the feat was Tiger Woods back in 2002. Spieth became the youngest winner of two majors since 1922 when Gene Sarazen won the US Open and PGA Championship. He is also the youngest champion of the U.S. Open since 1923 Bobby Jones’ win at New York’s Inwood Golf Club.
*Sidenote: Jones finished the ’23 US Open bogey-bogey-double bogey to finish in a tie. Afterward leaving the green, he remarked famously, “I didn’t finish like a champion … I finished like a yellow dog.”*
This past April, Spieth was able to tie the 72-hole Masters scoring record that was held alone by Tiger Woods since 1997. He also became the second-youngest Masters champion, trailing Woods by only months.
Spieth will need to win the British Open this month at the home of golf and St. Andrews and the PGA Championship next month at Whistling Straits to be the first Grand Slam holder since the aformentioned Jones.
Jones is the only golfer to win the Grand Slam, but did so before the Masters was played.
Woods won four consecutive majors, but it was over a period of two seasons. His accomlishment earned the title, “The Tiger Slam.” No player during the modern era of golf has won the four majors during the same year.
The ESPY or Excellence in Sports Performance is an award given out by ESPN the leading sports network globally. The annual awards have been handed out since 1993.
Similar to other awards such as the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony, the ESPY’s are hosted by a celebrity but hold a more relaxed atmosphere that the other shows. There are a myriad of different categories given out to athletes and coaches.
Prior to the 2004 ESPY’s, only fans voted on the winners. Since then, it has been a mix of sports executives, broadcasters, sports personalities and sportswriters that join the fans in voting.
If you want golf to flourish, vote for Jordan Spieth.
The ESPYs aire July 15, 2015 at 8PM ET.