Just How Impressive was Jordan Spieth at The Masters?
At just 21 years of age, former NCAA champion at the University of Texas Jordan Spieth added to his career achievement list a green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club.
The first number you notice from Spieth after the tournament is obviously his ridiculous score of 270, 18 under par. This score has only been matched once for 72 holes in the history of The Masters: Tiger Woods in 1997, his first ever Masters and major championship victory.
However, one number you may not know is that Spieth actually made it all the way to 19 under, a score that no golfer has ever reached at Augusta National, although a bogey on the 18th Sunday prevented him from finishing at 269.
I don't think Spieth was too worried about his score. He was probably a little preoccupied with winning the season's first major.
While playing solid golf on the weekend, shooting four under on his last 36 holes, Spieth got out to the best start in Masters history, carding a 14 under 230 after the first 36 holes. After the cut was made, he possessed a comfortable lead over Charley Hoffman, who was able to shoot nine under before Saturday.
With such a low score, one could assume that there had to be a lot of birdies throughout the tournament: and that assumption would be correct. Spieth struck the ball well and putted lights out, allowing him to score 28 birdies over the four days, the most birdies carded since Phil Mickelson's 25 in 2001, and also the most birdies ever made during the tournament.
At Augusta, if you can't hit greens in regulation, you can't score low, and Spieth was spot on with his approach shots. He managed to hit 54 greens in regulation, good enough for second in the field.
However, when you get on the green, you have to be able to finish the deal, and Spieth did just that. Yes, he hit 54 greens in regulation, but he averaged 1.5 putts/hole, finishing tied for third out of the field. A combination of great approach shots and his ability to sink big birdie putts tells the story of how he won his first ever Masters.
We all know of his age, because he is just a few months older than when Tiger Woods won his first Masters. Are we witnessing the start of the next dominant golfer? It's hard to say since there are so many good golfers on tour now, but if his last four tournament results tell us anything (two wins and two second place finishes), we may be in for another Tiger-esque run.