Even for the average golf fan, there is something special about the Masters. There’s a reason it’s called “a tradition unlike any other.” It just feels different. Perhaps it’s the rich history. Perhaps it’s the perfect course. Perhaps it’s the exclusive fraternity that one joins the moment he puts on that green jacket. For whatever reason, there is no tournament in golf quite like the one played at Augusta National.
This past weekend, that tournament, and its unrivaled aura, was taken to new heights by a 21-year-old from Texas. Jordan Spieth certainly didn’t come out of nowhere to win the 2015 Masters. After all, he entered the event as one of the hottest golfers on the tour. The fact that he won wasn’t that surprising. What was surprising was the manner by which he did it.
Spieth grabbed the tournament by the horns on Thursday and never let go. By the time the first 18 holes were in the books, the former World No. 4 was 8-under par and looked to be in complete control. The question was: Would he be able to maintain his composure and play at that same level of for the next three days? The Masters hadn’t seen a wire-to-wire champion since 1976. After a blistering start to the year’s first major, this was the position that Spieth now found himself in. How would he handle that kind of pressure?
Like a player poised for greatness.
On his way to a 4-shot victory and the first major of his career, Spieth left the rest of the field in his dust. He would finish the tournament at 18-under, good enough to tie him with Tiger Woods for the lowest 72-hole score in Masters history. Interestingly enough, he would at one point reach 19-under — a feat no other golf had ever accomplished in this tournament. That seemed to happen a lot to this kid at the 79th Masters.
Heading into the weekend, Spieth’s 14-under score was the lowest 36-hole total ever at Augusta. He continued at this torrid pace by completing Saturday’s play with a score of 16-under par. That mark was good enough to secure the tournament’s lowest 54-hole total of all time. When it was all said and done, Spieth would finish the week with 28 birdies, another Masters record. There was nothing Spieth couldn’t do. And now he’s put himself in a category that goes beyond Masters champion. He’s now a bona fide superstar.
In sports, we’re always looking for the next big thing. With his wire-to-wire act at the 2015 Masters, Spieth fits the bill. Not only has he moved up to the No. 2 ranking in the world, but his maturity and authenticity make him the kind of athlete that people want to cheer for. He is only in the early stages of his career, but his potential is off the charts. If you were looking for the new face of American golf, your search may be over. This kid won’t be hard to pick out — he’s the one in the freshly fitted green jacket.