For the second time this year, former Texas golfer Jordan Spieth won a major tournament. The Tower will again shine with a burnt-orange glow to honor his historic victory.
Spieth’s dramatic win in the U.S. Open comes after he claimed The Masters title in April. The Tower will shine Monday, June 22, in honor of his most recent win.
“We are so excited that Jordan continues in the line of great champions at Texas. He proudly lights our Tower orange again!” —John Fields, head coach, Texas men’s golf team
Spieth, who was one of four Longhorns to compete in the 2015 U.S. Open, is now the second player from UT to win two majors. Ben Crenshaw won the Masters in 1984 and again in 1995.
Spieth is the youngest player to win the U.S. Open since Bob Jones in 1923, the sixth player to win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year and the first since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat in 2002. He is the second Longhorn to win the U.S. Open since Tom Kite claimed the title in 1992, and he is the first player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to win multiple majors at 21 years or younger.
[Use #UTTower to share your Tower lighting pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.]
Fans from across Texas and beyond shared congratulations with Spieth. Here’s what they had to say:
Congrats to Longhorn Jordan Spieth on his U.S. Open win! Spieth is the 6th player to win the Masters and Open in same year. #HookEm
— UT Austin (@UTAustin) June 22, 2015
Congrats to my friend & fellow #Longhorn Jordan Spieth for winning the U. S. Open. #HookEm @UofTX #golf @JordanSpieth pic.twitter.com/vpB1vNBbi2
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 22, 2015
What a win at @usopengolf for @jordanspieth ! @TexasExes @UTGolfClub what a finish!!
— Kay Bailey Hutchison (@kaybaileyhutch) June 22, 2015
congratulations to US Open winner Jordan Spieth. First two majors of the year. Catch and release parlayed with a long view. jklivin.
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) June 22, 2015
Coach Fields on Spieth's win: "We are so excited that Jordan Spieth continues in the line of great champions at Texas."
— Texas Men's Golf (@TexasMGolf) June 22, 2015
— Texas Longhorns (@TexasSports) June 22, 2015
Watch: @JordanSpieth calls @USOpenGolf win "incredible," reflects on history he's making: http://t.co/yn9MlGedDA pic.twitter.com/7FGVODkQeN
— PGA.COM (@PGAcom) June 22, 2015
Youngest players to win Masters and U.S. Open in same year
2015 Jordan Spieth– age 21
2002 Tiger Woods– age 26
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 22, 2015
At 21, Jordan Spieth is halfway to one of the most difficult feats in sports, the Grand Slam http://t.co/NOIXfBX3KF pic.twitter.com/Jwf92ldmlf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 22, 2015
[Read more about Spieth’s Masters victory in April, which also prompted a Tower lighting.]