After finishing second to Bubba Watson in last year’s Masters, many thought that Jordan Spieth would win one, if not many green jackets sooner rather than later. It turns out, he didn’t have to wait that long.
Spieth had a wire-to-wire win at the 2015 Masters this weekend, leading from the end of day one and winning the tournament by four strokes at the end of Sunday’s final round. He tied the tournament record set by Tiger Woods in 1997.
Spieth has been dominating the PGA Tour lately, winning two of the last four tournaments he’s played in, and finishing second in the other two.
He’s currently on a run that could end up with him being ranked first in the world. He is 21 years old. Imagine being the best at anything when you’re 21 years old.
His performance is a lot like the 2011 U.S. Open when Rory McIlroy came out firing at Congressional and never looked back to win his first major. Going into Sunday, the only story was if their leads would hold, and neither of them made it interesting.
To succeed at Augusta National, recent winners Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott play craftily hitting high curving shots for tee offs and approaches.
Spieth is basically the opposite; he plays aggressively by taking dead aim at pins, barely drawing or fading in at all.
Expericene certainly helps playing the course. Yet in only his second Masters Spieth is reading the complex greens like someone who had been playing in Augusta for decades.
Due to favorable scoring conditions at Augusta this weekend many other players had strong performances as well, including Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, who tried to give Spieth a run for his money. McIlroy had three great days but one bad one that left him out of contention.
This Masters could possibly set up a great rivalry between McIlroy and Spieth, two young players that have been tearing up the tour lately. Now that Spieth has his major, he can submit his name into the conversation.