With his victory on Sunday at the U.S. Open, 21-year-old golfer Jordan Spieth proved that his success is no fluke. The Texas native and 2015 Masters champion is now 2 for 2 in this season’s PGA majors and could be a real contender for a Grand Slam — a feat that hasn’t been achieved since Bobby Jones won all four tournaments in 1930.
Spieth’s stellar performance at Chambers Bay in Washington State was closely challenged by fellow American Dustin Johnson. After Spieth birdied the final hole to finish with a five-under 275 score, Johnson appeared poised to win it all. But then his 12-foot putt on the 18th hole missed its mark, leaving Johnson one stroke behind Spieth and tied for second with South African Louis Oosthuizen.
While Spieth’s U.S. Open showing is certainly a boon for the athlete, who took home $1.8 million in prize money, it’s also benefited his sponsor, Under Armour. The athletic brand’s new golf cleat, the UA Drive One — which Spieth wore during the tournament — sold out in record time, according the company. And UA’s stock has risen roughly 1.4 percent in early trading today.
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This is just one more feather in the cap of Baltimore-based Under Armour, which also has a very successful sponsorship deal with NBA MVP Stephen Curry. The special MVP edition of UA’s Curry One signature shoe sold out earlier this month, even before Curry’s Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs to become the league champions.