I don’t think there is an athlete in the world today that is easier to root for than Jordan Spieth. Not just in golf, but I mean any athlete in any sport. Sure he’s incredibly gifted and came one stroke away from being in a 4 hole playoff with a chance to win the British Open and keep his hopes of a Grand Slam alive. But that’s not why I make such a statement. It’s how he handles himself and stays true to his upbringing. Spieth remained in the states the week prior to the British Open and played in the John Deere Classic because he said they gave him a chance when he turned pro. He said he felt an obligation to show his thanks. How many athletes do such a thing? Not to mention when they’re on the cusp of history as Spieth was. Oh, did I mention he then went out and won the tournament? The real icing on the cake for me though came in his defeat at the British Open. Spieth could easily have done a quick interview, showered, and stayed inside the clubhouse before jumping on a jet and heading back to the states. That’s not Jordan Spieth though. There he was, with his caddy, watching the ending of the Open just like the thousands of fans at St. Andrews. He then was one of the first to congratulate Zach Johnson as he came off the 18th after just winning the Open. Total class on his part and something you rarely see.
In this age of “look at me athletes” and the constant onslaught of negative press surrounding so many involved in athletics today, it’s nice to see a guy doing it the right way- with dignity and class.