Jordan Spieth has given a putting master class to win the 2015 Masters.
Jordan Spieth has won the 2015 Masters with a remarkable display of clutch putting and breaking a number of records along the way.
The 21-year-old Texan has won his first ever major outlasting Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose by four shots.
Along the way Spieth became the first ever golfer to get to 19-under par at Augusta National, broke the record for the most number of birdies, the second youngest golfer to win The Masters and the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1975 to hold both the Australian Open and Masters trophies at the same time.
One couldn’t fault the fight displayed from former major champions Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. On several occasions during the final round, both players challenged Spieth with their own display of impressive golf.
Mickelson showed his familiar, incredible short game all day but no shot was more impressive than the bunker shot he holed for an eagle on the par-5 14th hole. But only minutes later, Spieth made an aggressive play at the same hole and got up and down for a superb birdie to get five strokes clear.
Rose also tried his best to chase down Spieth. Two birdies in his opening two holes got him to within three shots of Spieth but when you putt as well as Spieth does, it was going to take something incredible to track him down.
There had been few moments of doubt over whether Jordan Spieth would be able to close out the tournament all day but the last one came at the par-3 16th hole when an adrenaline fuelled tee shot skied the green leaving an awkward up-and-down.
Spieth left himself a 12-foot putt for par after a poor chip, but as had been the case all week, Spieth rolled in the putt to remove any doubt as to who would be wearing the green jacket at the end of the day.
World number one Rory McIlroy produced the equal best round of the day with a closing round 6-under 66 but he’ll be left disappointed with his first two rounds of 71 which weren’t enough to get him close enough to challenge Spieth.
Former world number one Tiger Woods had a horror day with the driver. Woods didn’t hit a fairway in his opening nine holes and never really got his game going. A great birdie at the 12th was the only highlight from a week where Woods would ultimately walk away from reasonably pleased after much speculation as to whether he had recovered from back injury and a case of the chipping yips.
The best of the Australians was Jason Day who ended up as the only one of the four who finished under par for the tournament. John Senden and Adam Scott both finished at 1-over par, Geoff Ogilvy at 3-over.
This was a truly history making wire-to-wire victory from Spieth. The last player to go wire-to-wire by leading after every round of The Masters was Raymond Floyd in 1976 and Geoff Ogilvy suggested that Spieth should be in any conversation about the best-ever putting performance at The Masters.
Spieth won many Australians over when he won the Australian Open last year, he has now won the world over with his Masters victory. We predict many more major victories to come for the young American, perhaps another this year.