Masters 2014: Let's all buy stock in Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth's professionalism is a good thing for golf because professionalism plus immense talent means championships.
I really don't care what Jordan Spieth does over the next 36 holes. Whether he makes history as the youngest Masters winner or shoots 80-80 and finishes behind Larry Mize and Jose Maria Olazabal.
I don't care because Jordan Spieth has already exceeded everything we've asked from him as golf's next great American golfer -- he has gotten himself into contention at one of the majors in 2014.
He's 20 years old.
On Friday evening on ESPN's post-round show Scott Van Pelt said he was buying all of the stock in Jordan Spieth which is unfortunate for Scott Van Pelt because I already have it.
I bought it last year at some point between him getting his tour card and getting onto the Presidents Cup team for the US.
The most refreshing thing about Spieth is not his sick game or that he's in on the joke (see below):
No, the most refreshing thing about Jordan Spieth is that at 20 years of age he's already a professional. He has already reached the level of professionalism of the man he'll be paired with on Saturday afternoon, Adam Scott.
And the best thing about talented professionals is that they win major championships. Lots of them. Because it takes a professional to handle the rigors the 2014 pro golfing superstar must endure. See: McIlroy, Rory.
I don't mean that Spieth is a professional in the same way Kevin Stadler is a professional -- that he gets paid to play a sport. I mean he's a professional. He carries himself like he's nearing his 40s, not entering his 20s.
He's the anti-Patrick Reed in that way.
As Reed temper tantrum-ed his way around the National on Friday, there was Spieth birdieing the last and giving an interview to Tom Rinaldi (despite the British Open mishap from last year), calling the 1995 Masters champ "Mr. Crenshaw," talking about how he wanted to contend, and thankful to his caddie for keeping his emotions under control.
There's a great story from the early 1990s about how Phil Mickelson stayed in school because he wanted to learn how to become a business, man and not just a businessman (in the words of the immortal Jay-Z).
And there's Spieth, making spreadsheets at the beginning of 2013 with his dad, trying to schedule out what the best route to the PGA Tour would be. Making sure he has enough money to play here and to go there. Yep, that's a 19-year-old making spreadsheets for his first season as a pro.
Jordan Spieth bailed on the University of Texas after a year but that doesn't mean he's not on the same path as Mickelson -- both uber-talented, both with an understanding that this game is about more than hitting draws and banging home putts.
So yeah, I don't care what Jordan Spieth does this weekend.
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