After a weekend of the 2015 Masters Tournament, there is a new face dominating the game of golf and it belongs to Jordan Spieth. Despite the tournament’s reputation for close competition and a weekend full of anticipation, the 21 year-old from Dallas established a lead early on and continued to defy all odds on his way to an astonishing victory. Shooting one of the best tournaments that Augusta, Georgia has ever seen, Jordan Spieth finished at an astonishing 18 shots under par to win the 2015 Masters and take home the coveted green jacket.
Just a year ago, Jordan Spieth showed tremendous promise for his first appearance at the 2014 Masters Tournament, finishing under par during each of his four rounds and was the stand-alone leader on the final day of the tournament before Bubba Watson took the win. The 2015 Masters tournament would provide an entirely different story. From the first tee-off of the weekend, it was clear Spieth would not fall short of the victory again. Dominating the tournament from start to finish, Spieth shot a 64, 66, 70, and 70 in each of his four rounds to finish with a four shot lead over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. Jordan Spieth’s heroics at the Masters not only earned the young golf sensation his first green jacket, he also made sports history. Spieth set a Masters record with his 28 birdies over four rounds and was the first player in tournament history to go 19 strokes under par. Jordan Spieth also became the second youngest player, at 21 years and eight months of age, to win a Masters, just behind none other than the legend Tiger Woods himself.
Although it may seem that Jordan Spieth emerged as a superstar after winning the Masters, but Jordan Spieth was deemed a prodigy of the game back when he first picked up a golf club. Before joining the PGA Tour in 2011, Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament twice, which is a feat only reached by one other golfer before, Tiger Woods. The following year, Spieth competed in the adult U.S. open as an amateur and tied for twenty-first after an impressive performance. At the age of 19, Spieth then became the youngest golfer in 82 years to win a PGA Tour event in 2013, as he defeated Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a sudden death playoff for the win at the John Deere Classic. Seemingly unstoppable, Jordan Spieth was promptly named the 2013 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and moved up in the world rankings to 22nd.
Now ranked No. 2 in the Official World Golf Rankings, sitting just behind Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth is already being compared to the likes of golf’s greatest athletes and is sure to have an extremely bright future ahead. As an athlete that clearly chases his goals relentlessly, Jordan Spieth will be a player to watch throughout the next year and can be expected to return to the Masters Tournament in search of a second title.