Bubba Watson puts the Green Jacket on new Masters Champion Jordan Spieth
Augusta, Georgia - When you're hot, you're hot . . . and Jordan Spieth is a 21 year
old inferno that's on top of the golfing world after going wire to wire at the 79th
Spieth fired rounds of 64-66-70-70 to tie the all time record at Augusta National of
18 under par. Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson posed the only serious challenge on
Sunday shooting 70 and 69 respectively, finishing tied for second at -14. Spieth
never really seemed to be seriously threatened at any point during the final round.
Six Birdies (at the first, third, eighth, tenth, thirteenth and fifteenth holes) offset
bogeys at the fifth, seventh, twelfth and eighteenth.
It's been quite a tear for the Texan, who won the Australian Open and Hero World
Challenge last winter, and now two wins and two runner up finishes in his last four
events has put World No.1 Rory McIlroy on notice.
Spieth's win was the first wire to wire performance at Augusta National since Ray
Floyd in 1976. Although the final round lacked the drama that most hoped for, the
young American breathed new life into golf fans everywhere . . . especially those still
clinging to the fading days of the Tiger/Phil era.
"It was very nerve wracking today," Spieth said. "I thought today might be a little easier
than yesterday, having played around with the lead, but it wasn't. I didn't sleep well last
night. I just got out here, and got a little rhythm, saw a putt going the first hole . . . and
we were off with two major champions right behind, I couldn't let up."
It's the most incredible week of my life," Spieth said. "This is as great as it gets in our sport.
This is a dream come true for me. I didn't break 70 last year, even having a chance to win,
where I got edged out by Bubba here . . . but to shoot some low rounds and to see some
putts go in out here and to hear the roars, it was remarkable."
Masters Records that were set by Spieth this week:
- Most birdies (28)
- Lowest 36 hole score (-14)
- Lowest 54 hole score (-16)
- Tied for Lowest Tournament Score (-18)