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Golfing Phenom Jordan Spieth Says Sister With Autism Shaped His Life

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Jordan Spieth, Masters Tournament, Autism, Autism Spectrum, Mental HealthGolf has a new rising star, and not since the early years of Tiger Woods has there been such excitement about the potential of a young golfer. In April, Jordan Spieth won the Masters and earned his green jacket at the young age of 21. This makes him the second youngest golfer to don the prestigious jacket in the history of the sport. He was just five months older than Tiger Woods was when he accomplished the feat in 1997.

Spieth is now considered to be the second greatest golfer in the world.

Because of his early success and consistency, there is a lot of expectation that he will go on to have an incredible career in the sport. Spieth and his mother both credit a lot of his character and determination to another role he plays, as big brother to his youngest sister, Ellie, who is on the autism spectrum.

The Daily Mail article, "Heir Jordan! Spieth embraces his tearful high-school sweetheart as he's crowned the youngest Masters winner since Tiger Woods" written by Sophie Jane Evans, shares the inspiration that Spieth draws from his sister.

"On his own website, Spieth says; 'Being Ellie's brother humbles me every day of my life.' It is for this reason he set up the Jordan Spieth Charitable Trust, which focuses on special needs youth, and was inspired by Ellie. 'She's the funniest member of our family,' says Spieth of Ellie.'I really love when she's able to be out there, love spending time with her."

Family, friends, and support members for people on the autism spectrum often comment on the strength, compassion and determination they have drawn from their relationship with their loved ones with autism.

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