While most sports can be called a game of inches, that saying becomes a bit more literal on the golf course. Whether you’re in the tee box or trying to hole out on the green, there’s no room for error on the golf course, as Jordan Spieth knows first-hand. At one point, the 26-year-old Texan looked like the PGA Tour’s next big star; now, he’s trying to prove he still can compete with the big boys.
Whether you believe Jordan Spieth is washed-up or still has major-winning potential, though, one thing is clear: the golfer’s rise to fame helped him build up a massive net worth.
Jordan Spieth’s rise to PGA Tour stardom
Even before turning pro, Spieth began making waves in the golf world. He won two U.S. Junior Amateur titles and appeared in a handful of PGA Tour events. The Dallas-native also made an impact at the University of Texas, helping the Longhorns claim the 2012 NCAA title.
Spieth made his professional debut in January 2013 and didn’t waste any time making an impact; he won the John Deere Classic, earned a place on the Presidents Cup squad, and took home the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year title. While he improved in 2014, everything changed in 2015.
That season, Spieth got the ball rolling with a win at Valspar Championship; he followed that up with wins at the Masters, the U.S. Open, the John Deere Classic, and the Tour Championship. On the back of that success, he took over as the top golfer in the Official World Golf Rankings and claimed virtually every individual award possible. At that point, he seemed like a sure-fire star.
Golf, however, can be a cruel sport. Jordan Spieth was about to experience that reality.
Falling from golf’s highest heights to outside the top-50
At the end of the 2015 campaign, Jordan Spieth seemed poised to become the next big name in professional golf. That season’s success, however, would be short-lived.
Spieth’s 2016 season was dominated by a dramatic collapse at the Masters; thanks to a few victories at minor events and another major title at the 2017 Open Championship, though, he seemed to have steadied the ship. In reality, though, the wheels were about to fall off.
After struggling down the stretch in 2017, Speith went the entire 2018 campaign without winning a single event; he managed to repeat the unfortunate feat in 2019. Understandably, that losing streak had a dramatic impact on Spieth’s Official World Golf Ranking. The Texan has slipped outside the top-50 for the first time since his rookie year, currently sitting at 56th in the world.
Washed up or not, Jordan Spieth has a massive net worth
In his first three rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge, Jordan Spieth has seemed to be relatively on his game. While only time will tell if he’s able to turn a corner and revitalize his career, one thing is clear: the golfer’s dominant stretch in 2015 helped him build up a massive net worth.
As reported in a 2019 Yahoo Finance post, Spieth’s net worth comes in at approximately $100 million. While he hasn’t been taking home much prize money in recent years, the golfer “remains a marketable star,” according to Forbes. The publication also estimates that he’s earned $27.6 million as of May 22, 2020; most of his remaining earning power, it seems, comes from endorsements.
That net worth and annual income is a testament to just how good Jordan Spieth played during 2015. If he regains even a fraction of that form, he’ll be adding even more money to his bank account.
Stats courtesy of the PGA Tour