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Jordan Spieth wrote about winning the Masters in high school

At 16 years old, Jordan Spieth seemed like a polite young man with an overly ambitious goal.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Published Apr 14, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:00 am CDT

Jordan Spieth set all kinds of records last week at the Masters. His 18-under par 270 score tied Tiger Woods for the lowest mark ever, and he became the first golfer to record a wire-to-wire win in 39 years (and just the fourth overall in the 81-year history of the tournament). Spieth became, at the age of 21, the youngest player to lead after the first round. He set the record for the lowest score after 36 holes, and he did it again after 54 holes. To top it off, he recorded the most birdies with 28 during the four-day tournament.

Spieth was awesome—the kind of awesome we’ve rarely seen in golf from anybody not named Woods.

But maybe we should have seen this dominance coming, because Spieth certainly did. Check out the letter he wrote to a couple who helped fund his scholarship to his private high school in Dallas.

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By looking at the date Spieth wrote in the top right-hand corner, he would have been 16 when he penned the letter. But winning the Masters wasn’t something that just popped up in his head when he was writing that note to the Murphy’s.

Spieth had been thinking about his victory at least two years earlier.

So, Spieth seems like a good dude, right? Apparently that’s exactly what he was in high school.

“He’s just a very likeable, friendly, genuine, mature young man,” Dallas Jesuit’s athletic director Steve Koch told “I don’t know that he has an enemy in the world. It’s easy to jump on his bandwagon because he’s just so darn likeable.”

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*First Published: Apr 14, 2015, 11:45 pm CDT