Spieth makes history with Open win at Royal Birkdale

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Jordan Spieth is the champion golfer of the year, and en route to a win Sunday at Royal Birkdale, he made some serious history.

Here's a look at what Spieth accomplished securing The Open Championship:

The 2nd youngest with 3 majors

The list of players to win three majors before the age of 24 is quite small. It's Jack Nicklaus and Spieth. That's it. Nicklaus won the 1962 U.S. Open at 22, beating Arnold Palmer in a Monday playoff to claim his first major title. Nicklaus would add The Masters in April 1963, and the PGA Championship later on that year to become the youngest to win three majors. On Sunday, Spieth added the Claret Jug to his Masters and U.S. Open titles to join Nicklaus as the only players to win three majors before 24 years old.

The 8 player with Masters, U.S. Open, and Open

Player Masters U.S. Open Open Championship
Gene Sarazen 1935 1922, 1932 1932
Ben Hogan 1951, 1953 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953 1953
Arnold Palmer 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 1960 1961, 1962
Gary Player 1961, 1974, 1978 1965 1959, 1968, 1974
Jack Nickaus 1963, 1965, 1966, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 1966, 1970, 1978
Tom Watson 1977, 1981 1982 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
Tiger Woods 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 2000, 2002, 2008 2000, 2005, 2006
Jordan Spieth 2015 2015 2017

1st to 11 PGA Tour wins and 3 majors before age 24

Woods had more PGA Tour wins before the age of 24 with 15, but only two of them were majors - the 1997 Masters and 1999 PGA Championship. Meanwhile, Nicklaus claimed three major titles, but totaled just eight PGA Tour wins. Spieth became the first player in golf history to have 11 tour titles and three majors championships.

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