How wrong I was about Masters champ

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I'm not sure what was more beautiful this weekend: Jordan Spieth's performance at the Masters, or the golf course itself.

For a 21-year old kid to lead any tournament, let alone the Masters, wire-to-wire is almost unheard of. When he went out and shot a 64 on Thursday I thought to myself, 'good for him, but he will have a subpar round on Friday and come back to the field.' ...

How wrong I was. Spieth backed up Thursday's score by shooting a 66 on Friday and going into the weekend with a five-shot lead over Charley Hoffman, a seven-shot lead over Justin Rose and an eight-shot lead over Phil Mickelson.

But still, Spieth is 21 and he had major champions like Mickelson and Rose chasing him, so surely he was bound to falter at some point. ...How wrong I was again.

A third round score of 70 put him at 16 under par. He was four shots clear of Rose and five clear of Mickelson. After showing his first sign of weakness of the week with a double-bogey on No. 17, he followed up on No. 18 with a great par save after hitting his second shot to the right of the green. But still, after all this, there was no way this kid could have a perfect week of golf, right? It's a 21-year old on Sunday at the Masters after all. How wrong I was again.

On the par-3 16th, Spieth led Rose by four, but Rose had a 15-foot birdie putt and Spieth had a 12-foot par putt. After Rose's birdie putt slid by, Spieth calmly made his par putt and walked to the 17th tee, still ahead by four. He shot a final round 70, which was good enough to tie Tiger Woods' 72-hole course record of 18-under par. Woods did that in 1997. ... I might be wrong, but I think Tiger was 21 when he set that mark.

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