The Masters, one of the most prestigious and closely contested courses, was anything but as Jordan Spieth came in this week on a roll, with a win and two second place finishes. His hot streak continued in a big way, as he broke countless records with a historical performance that may never be repeated again. It all started in round one, where the young American posted an 8 under 64, one behind the course record. It was the first time Spieth broke 70 in his young career at the Masters.
The hardest thing in golf has been to back up a great round with another. However, not for Spieth as he shot a 66 to go 14-under and take a five shot lead into the weekend. That score broke the 2nd round scoring record as well. He was challenged a little bit by the heavy weights on Saturday, as Tiger woods shot a 68, Phil Mickelson a 67 and Rory McIlroy a 68. But the rookie wasn’t intimidated by the charge made by the veterans.
Spieth was unmoved by the advances of the former winners. He had another solid round of 70, with some clutch shots at the end of his 3rd, that were pivotal to keep his confidence up and keep a stiff-arm on the field. After a rare double on the 17th, he short sided on 18. After a flared second shot, he was able to get up and down for par, to keep his 4 shot lead going into Sunday. He had ice in his veins with that putter in his hands the entire week, and was incredible to watch as he set the 3rd round scoring record..
Sunday was more of the same with a solid round of 70 and more clutch putts especially on the 16th. When a two-stroke swing could’ve taken place between him and Justin Rose, it didn’t because Spieth stepped up and nailed a speedy 10 footer, to keep the momentum and cruise to victory. When you thought there was a chink in his armor, he bounced back with amazing stuff. He was the first man in Masters history to reach the 19-under number; he would bogey the last to tie Tiger Woods for the all-time scoring record at 270. Right now Spieth is on another planet and its tough to put his accomplishments into words.
Here are some other mind-boggling things he accomplished this week, he broke the record for most birdies with 26, an unthinkable number in any tournament let alone the Masters. He is the 5th wire- to wire winner and 1st since Raymond Floyd in 1976, 39 years ago. He is just the 4th player to win in just his 2nd Masters appearance. Also, lets not forget he had a chance to win last year, but was beat out by Bubba Watson who scored a crazy record. In all 8 rounds at the Masters he has been in the top 5. A feat that is hard to fathom considering how difficult the game is unless you’re Tiger Woods or Rory Mcilroy when they were on their runs.This win is one of the most impressive in major champion history. It vaults Spieth to second in the world, and shows that American golf is in great hands for many years to come. Congratulations to Jordan on a historic performance well deserved, fun to watch!