For anyone who didn’t watch Sunday’s incredible final round at the Masters, here is just a brief look at what happened.
Jordan Spieth is the 2015 Masters Champion and the outcome never looked to differ. The young Texan went into the tournament off the back of an incredible few weeks which saw him win the Valspar Open and then go on to attain two second place finishes. Spieth started the day four shots ahead of Englishman Justin Rose and finished four shots ahead. Both players in the final group birdied the first but the first move was by Rose as he managed to narrow the gap to just three shots at the second hole after back to back birdies. Spieth then bounced back at the third with a birdie of his own but dropped his first shot of the round at the seventh.
Charley Hoffman started the day at 10 under-par and soon dropped out of the running with a poor start, however his playing partner Phil Mickelson was on a mission to win his fourth Masters title. He went out in disappointing level par 36 but soon gained ground on the leader with a birdie at the par 5 13th and then produced a shot we often associate with Mickelson as he holed his bunker shot on the 15th for eagle to move to within four of Spieth.
With no one making any real progress throughout the field, it was Spieth’s to lose. After breaking record after record, he had just one more to break as he strolled down the last. All he needed to do was par the 18th to have shot the lowest overall score in masters history, but unfortunately missed his par to equal Tiger Woods’ record set in 1997. Although I think that was never in the back of his mind considering he had just won the green jacket for the first time.
The main question now is, What will he do next? Well, he has travelled around doing numerous interviews and is teeing it up at the RBC Heritage this week. His current run of form is incredible and has been linked to the form Tiger Woods had during the heydays. But is he in the same level? Has he peaked or is there more to come? The comparisons to Woods are uncanny. In 1997, Woods won his first Masters with a record score of 18 under- par and won six tournaments that year with another six top ten finishes which ultimately saw him fire his way up the world rankings to number 2 in the world. Spieths 2015 has got off to a blistering start and one that looks to end up just like Woods 1997 season. Jordan won his Maiden Major Title with a final score of 18 under-par. He has won two titles already this year and has finished in the top ten on 7 separate occasions already, which by the way has boosted his world rankings to, yes you’ve guessed it number 2. You can’t tell them apart, well apart from the extra 13 majors and extra 74 PGA Tour victories Tiger Woods currently holds. But will we be making the same comparison we are today in the next 18 years. Will the new kid on the block be compared to the current Masters Champion Jordan Spieth? Will Jordan Spieth be the next Tiger Woods?