For Ellie: Spieth Stays Grounded

Dallas | In the seven-day break between the second and third weeks of the 2013 FedEx Cup playoffs, Jordan Spieth, golf’s hottest young superstar and member of the U.S. Presidents Cup team, gladly returned to his hometown of Dallas. He spent the required time with his longtime teacher Cameron McCormick, got to see dozens of his high school and college friends and was at his downtown apartment with his roommate and former Texas college teammate Alex Moon. But his most important and most meaningful visit was the one he makes nearly every time he returns home. Seeing his family in their modest Northwest Dallas home, and spending time his special needs little sister, Ellie. Spieth, 20, has become a worldwide golf sensation, enjoying the best PGA Tour rookie season since Tiger Woods, while his younger brother, Steven, has signed to play college basketball at Brown University. But it’s Ellie, 12, who keeps her multimillion-dollar-winning brother constantly grounded.
“I try to get back home all the time to be with her and regroup things,” Spieth said, sitting alone in a dining room at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth after a recent sponsor outing. “She sets everything in perspective for me. She is so happy for the littlest of things. Spending time with her, you can see she is learning and adapting every day, and getting smarter. Spieth will review the highlights of his incredible rookie season, if pressed. Pebble Beach with Tony Romo, Dallas golf with George W. Bush, a last-minute charter jet to play in the Open Championship. But his most meaningful times are spent with his sister, who measures success in much different ways.

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