Jordan Spieth equals Masters record

2015 04 469515002
• Jordan Spieth wins maiden major title at Augusta by four shots
• At 18-under, equals course record set by Tiger Woods in '97
• "It's the most incredible week of my life," said the 21-year-old

JORDAN SPIETH

Jordan Spieth equalled the course record 18-under par and became the second youngest ever winner of the Masters after a flawless four rounds at Augusta National.


The 21-year-old led at the end of each round, the first player to do so since Raymond Floyd in 1976, and kept a cool head on the final day, maintaining his four-shot overnight lead with a round of 70.

He fired the lowest opening round at the Masters since Greg Norman in 1996 on Thursday with a 64 and followed that up with a bogey-free 66 on Friday to start the weekend five shots clear of Charley Hoffman.

Justin Rose cut the lead to four heading into the final round but the Englishman, along with three-time champion Phil Mickelson, couldn’t reduce the deficit any further and Jordan Spieth recorded a comfortable victory.
"This is as great as it gets in our sport and it’s a dream come true for me" - Jordan Spieth

The win comes in just his second Masters appearance, finishing T2 to Bubba Watson last year after leading on the early stages of the back nine.

Speaking after his maiden major title, Jordan Spieth said: “It’s the most incredible week of my life. This is as great as it gets in our sport and it’s a dream come true for me.

“To shoot some low rounds and see some putts going in and hear those roars, it was remarkable. It was great to see all my family and friends right behind the green there and it was then I knew it was a done deal.

Jordan Spieth

“I’m excited already to come back and excited for the opportunity ahead this year to be the reigning Masters champion. It’s going to carry a heavy weight with it but I hope to ready for it and certainly ask guys Bubba and other Masters champions what that means.”

Jordan Spieth also achieved a new record for the number of birdies over four rounds at the Masters with 28, surpassing the total of 25 set by this year’s runner-up Mickelson which was set back in 2001.

“He has no weaknesses,” Mickelson told the Associated Press. “He doesn't overpower the golf course, but he plays the course strategically well.

“He plays all the shots properly. And he has that ability to focus and see things clear when the pressure is on and perform at his best when the pressure is on. That’s something you really can’t teach.”
"I’m happy for him and looking forward to many battles with him in the future" - Rory McIlroy

The victory moves Spieth up to No.2 in the world rankings behind Rory McIlroy, who finished in fourth place following a final round of 66, with the Northern Irishman looking forward to facing off against the young American in future tournaments.

He said: “He’s a mature guy and handles everything so well. It’s great for the game that we’ve got another young major champion. I know how important it was for me to get that major tally up and running early so I’m happy for him and looking forward to many battles with him in the future.”

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