Future Spieth McIlroy Battles Bode Well For Golf
By John Ventola
Jordan Spieth’s record-setting Masters play fulfilled a childhood dream, but more than that, it gave golf fans everywhere a closer look at the player that has the potential to become the sport’s next superstar. Spieth finished off his four day performance by becoming just the fifth player to ever lead The Masters from wire to wire, never letting an opponent within three strokes after his scintillating opening day 64.
By holding his four-stroke margin entering Sunday action and winning, Spieth continued yet another pattern at The Masters. Now 21 of the past 25 Masters champions have
come out of the last day’s final pairing. And a film clip of the 11-year-old Spieth saying that his goal was to one day win the Masters should be placed in the Early Goal Setting Hall of Fame as a reminder to parents everywhere that it is fine for your children to dream. In fact, encourage it, particularly if the youngster involved is willing to put in the work to succeed.
Spieth’s closing round 70 gave him a tournament total 270, eighteen under par, and tied him with Tiger Woods (1997) for the best finish ever at Augusta. With the victory, Spieth becomes the second youngest Masters winner at 21 years, nine months, six months older than Woods was when he won in 1997.He also became the fourth player to ever win in their second Masters event, his coming after a heart-breaking final round loss to Bubba Watson in 2014. Spieth finished in a tie for second last year. Sunday with a birdie on hole 15, he became the only player to get to 19 strokes under par in The Masters.
While their results have proven to be similar at an early age, Woods’ and Spieth’s approaches to the game itself, and their overall demeanor have shown them to be worlds apart despite them both being world-class players. Each has outstanding skill
sets, but differing outlooks and strategies to try to tame the most demanding of sports. Woods (before age and injury set in) with his drive for perfection, his lengthy, dominating game, and Spieth with his controlled game highlighted by few mistakes, hit greens, and putting efficiency.
It was refreshing to watch Spieth navigate Augusta National Golf Club with a smile and competitive spirit that he keeps within himself. Of course, he had a lot to smile about during the 79th Masters. He controlled the tournament, he was the main focus, putting Rory McIlroy’s attempt at a Grand Slam and Tiger Woods’ return to Augusta in the background. His outstanding performance indicates that there will be many Spieth-McIlroy (only 25 himself) battles in the future, a throwback to the Arnold Palmer-Jack Nicklaus engagements of yesteryear that popularized golf.
Make no mistake, there is a burning competitive drive within the young Spieth, he just handles himself in a manner that will endear him to all. Listening to fellow player
comments about him over the weekend, almost all mentioned how well liked he is before talking about his golf game. Do not think that was the case with Woods, particularly when he was in his prime.
A record-setting 64 Thursday got the ball rolling for Spieth. His effort made him the youngest player to ever lead a Masters (when Tiger won in 1997, he shot an opening round 70 before finishing with 66, 65, 69). He broke 36-hole (130) and 54-hole (200) totals, before tying the 72-hole mark with his 270. His wire-to-wire win put him in the company of Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972), and three others. Surely it will not be the last time we hear the name Spieth in the same conversation about the exploits of Palmer and Nicklaus. Barring injury, the young Texan, who had a record 28 birdies during the tournament, has long-time star written all over him.
England’s Justin Rose, paired with Spieth in Sunday’s final round, and Phil Mickelson finished tied for second place, four strokes behind the leader and minus 14 for the
tournament. McIlroy finished in fourth place, shooting a final day 66 while paired with Woods. He finished twelve strokes off the pace. Young Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama also made a last day push (his 66 total tied McIlroy for best score of the day) and came in fifth place, eleven strokes behind. Woods shot a 73 Sunday and finished in a tie for 17th place, thirteen shots behind Spieth. In a much anticipated pairing of he and McIlroy, Woods was beaten by seven shots in the round.
Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, and Ian Poulter each scored well Sunday and finished in a tie for sixth place, nine shots behind the leader. Johnson’s game was probably the weekend’s most baffling. The long driver posted three eagles Friday, and Sunday he ruined a solid birdie round with a double bogey when he hit into the water. Defending champion Bubba Watson, another long driver, had two eagles Sunday but shot a 74, finishing the tournament at one over par.
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