Spieth moves back inside World top-10

Former world number one Jordan Spieth has made his way back inside the top-10 for the first time in three years after finishing 2020 ranked at a dismal 82nd.

However, the three-time major winner came out all guns blazing earlier this year with finishes inside the top five in three of his four starts.

Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth all smiles after winning the 2014 Australian Open (Credit: Anthony Powter)

In April, the 28-year-old won at the Valero Texas Open for the first time since the 2017 Open Championship which saw him move from World No. 53 to 38th, then the Texan backed that up with a share of third at the Masters a month later to move into 29th place.

Runner-up finishes at the Charles Schwab Challenge and Open Championship took him up a further 15 spots to World No. 14.

And now with the vagaries of the two-year rolling ranking system, Spieth has suddenly jumped three spots in this week’s figures, bypassing Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau in what had become a fairly stagnant top-10 in recent times.

Jon Rahm of course maintains a comfortable cushion over Collin Morikawa and Dustin Johnson at No. 1 and will take some brilliant play to knock him off his perch.

With 15 professional wins so far, including Australian Open titles in 2014 and 2016, Spieth is eyeing off a return to the heights of 2015 when he became just the sixth player to win the Masters and the US Open in the same year, and the first since Tiger Woods in 2002.

In 2017 Spieth won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, giving him his third major title.