This weekend Jordan Spieth became the second-youngest golfer ever to don the famous green jacket at Augusta. A remarkable feat for the 21 year old who finished runner-up to Bubba Watson last year.
This year he was coming in to the Master off the back of a string of impressive displays. A victory at the Valspar Championship in Florida, runner-up in the Valero Texas Open and eventually missing out on victory at the Shell Houston Classic via a play-off saw Jordan Spieth in good form before this weekend.
Odds on him halved in the week before the Masters too with most bookmakers seeing his price fall from 20/1 to 10/1.
Last Thursday the young Texan took a three shot lead and finished the day eight under par. The following day he broke the 36-hole record as he posted a score of 130 and finished up 14 under par. The previous Masters record was set by Raymond Floyd all the way back in 1976 where he scored 131 shots through 36 holes.
On Saturday the young American continued his scintillating form. Unfazed by all the media attention he went out on the famous runways of Augusta and put another record-breaking round on display. This time he set a new record for the least amount of shots required through 54 holes. Scoring 200 exactly he sat atop the leader board.
British Open winner Darren Clarke spoke of his amazement at the Americans scoring.
“I don’t know what course Jordan is playing but it’s not the same one I’m playing. Wow.”
Coming in to the final round of the 2015 Masters it was impossible not to draw similarities between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the Northern Irishman leading on the Sunday four years previous.
Of course we all know now that McIlroy completely capitulated on that fateful day in 2011. Holding a four-shot lead he proceeded to drop eight shots and finished well off eventual winner Mark Schwartzel. This only served as motivation for the man from Holyhead, Co. Down as he went on to lift the US Open two months later.
Spieth was determined not to fall in to the same trap, and used his loss last week and his second position at the Masters 2014 as fuel for his fire to win.
“I was already hungry from last year, having already had an opportunity and watched it slip away and watched Bubba win and everything that came with Bubba being the Masters Champion, and the announcements of it, going on the shows and whatever, I knew I had a chance to win that tournament.”
Thankfully, we didn’t see what would have been an even bigger collapse; in fact we saw the exact opposite. Records continued to tumble at his feet when he became the first player in the history of the tournament to reach a score of -19 and score 28 birdies throughout the entirety of the tournament. He is the first player to lead the Masters on the opening day and win since Raymond Floyd, once more, in 1976.
What we saw was one of the most complete performances where records fell and Spieth rose. A star for the future, at 21 years of age who would back against him?