In April, Jordan Spieth won the biggest golf tournament of his life in the Masters in wire-to-wire fashion.
A little over 2 months later, Spieth won the U.S. Open in University Place, Washington. Two majors, two victories. Then came the Tour Championship and another Jordan Spieth win.
The 22-year-old has had a strong support system throughout his life including his parents, grandfather, brother and sister Ellie, who is special needs.
Jordan has a great relationship with his younger sister, who is 14.
As Jordan’s mother Chris told ESPN:
Jordan wouldn’t be where he’s at today if he didn’t grow up with Ellie.
Here’s what you need to know about Ellie.
1. Ellie Has a Neurological Disorder
Ellie was born with a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum.
The serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.
2. Jordan Calls Her the Funniest Member of the Family
Jordan says his sister is the funniest member of the family.
Spieth said he used to bring her a keychain from each city he visited for a tournament, but stopped now that she says she is getting tired of it.
As Jordan told Ohio.com:
Now when I get home she wants me to take her to the store.
3. She Watched Jordan’s Masters & U.S. Open Victories From Home
Unfortunately, Ellie didn’t make it to Augusta or Chambers Bay to see her brother win his 2 majors in person, but was back in Dallas, Texas, cheering him on.
Jordan’s parents Shawn and Chris, his brother Steven, grandfather Donald and girlfriend Annie Verret were on hand to celebrate the victory in Georgia, and Ellie was mentioned by FOX announcer Joe Buck during the trophy presentation at the U.S. Open in Washington state.
Ellie did, though, travel to Hawaii in January 2016 to watch Jordan with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
4. Jordan Calls Ellie His Hero
Jordan considers Ellie his hero. Last year he told Ohio.com:
Ellie certainly is the best thing that’s happened in our family. It helps put things in perspective that I’m lucky to play on tour and to compete with these guys, it’s been a dream come true. I definitely attribute a lot of that to her.
5. Jordan’s Foundation Benefits Special Needs Youth
On the Jordan’s website for his charitable trust, he says:
Being Ellie’s brother humbles me every day of my life.
The Jordan Spieth Charitable Fund seeks to find better educational solutions for special needs children.
Ellie provided a bond for Spieth and Ernie Els, whose son Ben is autistic. It prompted the South African to establish the Els for Austism Foundation in 2009. Following Els, Spieth then turned his foundation into something similar.
His charity also offers financial assistance to military families and junior golf.