• The 21-year-old narrowly missed out on lowest 36-hole major score
• Faldo let out a 'Yes!' when Spieth missed a six-foot putt at the 18th
SIR NICK FALDO
At the Masters two weeks ago, Jordan Spieth’s exceptional, record-equalling, wire-to-wire victory received universal praise across the globe.
At the tender age of 21, the American broke numerous records en route to his maiden major success but missed out on a couple, which seems to sit fine with Sir Nick Faldo.
Speaking at a fundraising lunch with Jack Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio – where Faldo is the honoree at the upcoming Memorial Tournament from June 4-7 at Muirfield Village GC – the outspoken six-time major winner seemed pleased that Spieth missed out on breaking his record of lowest 36-hole score (130) in a major and a joint-record for the best round in any major (63).
"I’m going, ‘Hit it! Hit it! Hit it!’ And he did, and he hits it over the green and three putts" - Sir Nick Faldo
In an article in the Columbus Dispatch, Nick Faldo, who was working as an announcer for CBS during the Masters, is quoted as saying: “I was sitting up there dodging bullets from this young man.
“Day one, he’s in the middle of the 15th fairway at eight-under par, and my fellow announcers were all, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if he shoots a 62?’ And I’m thinking, Jack and I are both in the 63 club; that’s the best round in any major.
“So I’m sitting in my (tower) at 18, saying, ‘No, it wouldn’t be nice.’ He takes that four-wood out, and I know it’s the wrong club and I’m going, ‘Hit it! Hit it! Hit it!’ And he did, and he hits it over the green and three putts (for bogey), so that was that.”
And it doesn’t end there. The next day, Faldo said he let out a “Yes!” when Spieth missed a six-foot putt at the 18th, which would’ve broken the record for lowest 36-hole score (130) in major championship history. Spieth now shares that record with three other golfers, including Faldo.
In response, Nicklaus said: “That wouldn’t be my attitude, but that’s OK. Nobody likes to see their record broken, but if someone breaks it, well done.”
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