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Apr
12
2015

Final Thoughts on the 2015 Masters: With Masters win is Jordan Spieth the new face of American Golf?

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Anytime you can match something Tigers Woods did in a major you’ve accomplished something. 21 year Jordan Spieth tied Tiger Woods’s -18 Masters scoring record set in 1997 with an electric performance that parallels what Woods did as a 21 year old. Both were 21 years old when they won their first Major, a Masters. Both beat fields into submission. If you read the blog you knew Spieth was one of the favorites.   He’s playing the best golf in the world at the moment, and we can see a scenario where he and Rory Mcilory go back and forth over the next 20-25 years as the top players in the world.

Spieth led the Masters wire to wire and beat a world class field in record setting fashion. America has been looking for the heir apparent to Tiger Woods, and it may be Jordan Spieth. The sky is the limit on what he can do in the future. He seems to have a calm even demeanor, and I would be shocked if doesn’t win multiple green jackets and and handful of other majors.

  • Phil Mickelson has finished 2nd in the his last 2 majors to arguably the two best players in the world in Rory Mcilory and now Jordan Spieth. I really believe Mickelson is going to win another major or two before he’s done. No matter how’s he playing when he gets to a major he gets re-energized and looks like the 2nd best player that we’ve seen for the last 25 years. Do you realize in his last 8 majors, Mickelson has 4 top 2 finishes. Yea… he still has plenty of game left. 
  • Tiger Woods didn’t win the Masters, but he’s got a lot to build on. He finished T17 flirted with contention, and there were signs that his game isn’t that far from making him a contender in majors again. Woods will never dominate golf again, but he has to be encouraged by his play this week. We’ll see him make a run at a major this year.
  • A 4th place finish for Rory Mcilory was the result of some excellent play on the weekend. Mcilory had an indifferent start to the week before going 68-66 on the weekend. It looked like Mcilory’s world, but Spieth is going to provide a new challenger, and that’s good for the game of golf. He’ll eventually win at Augusta.
  • Dustin Johnson had a solid T6 finish. It’s always been surprising how hasn’t contended in the Masters before given his length, but this week proved Johnson he’s capable of playing Augusta well.
  • Hats off to 58 year old Mark O’ Meara for finishing T22 with a couple of 68s this week. That’s the beauty of the Masters, a veteran-senior player can still play the course.
  • Rickie Fowler finished T12, after going 70-67 on Saturday and Sunday. He’s been overtaken by Spieth, as the best young American golfer going, but he continues to play well in majors. That’s 6 straight top 20 finishes in majors. If Fowler can find that next gear and get to the level of Spieth, and Mcilory golf could have this generations Big 3, ala Nicklaus, Palmer, and Player.
  • Speaking of Nicklaus… He said he’d get a hole in one in the Par 3 tournament, and then goes out and gets one? That’s how a legend does it.

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