Considering the mental fortitude it takes to be successful at golf, the presence of a strong support system is vitally important. Jordan Spieth knows that as well as anyone because he has one of the best.
It starts with his parents, who, among many other things, provided him with the athletic tools needed to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. His father, Shawn, played baseball at Lehigh University. His mother, Chris, played basketball at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Then there are his siblings. His younger sister, Ellie, who was born with a neurological disorder, is his inspiration. "Jordan wouldn't be where he's at today if he didn't grow up with Ellie," says his mom. His brother, Steven, who was a four-year starter for Brown University's basketball team and most recently averaged 17.3 points per game during the 2016-17 campaign, provides a friendly athletic rivalry within the family.
His girlfriend, Annie Verret, has been by his side since high school. She graduated from business school at Texas Tech, she works as the Event Coordinator for a youth development organization and she is often by Spieth's side during his biggest triumphs.
Of course, a discussion of Spieth's team wouldn't be complete without his caddie, Michael Greller. Though he isn't technically related by blood, Greller has been irreplaceable to Spieth. "I've plenty of people to thank here, starting with Michael," Spieth said after his win at the 2015 Masters. "Mike, you kept me strong. You were the reason the dream came true."
Spieth's support system is as deep as it is durable. You can click through the gallery to see and learn more about those who surround him. (Getty)