The green jacket is all Jordan Spieth needs for an identity. He is the Masters champion. It’s just not going to help him get rid of a nickname he picked up late last year from a few PGA Tour players.
The only number that really mattered to Spieth on Sunday was 42 — his jacket size. “It’s the most incredible week of my life,” he said. “This is as great as it gets in our sport.”
Spieth tied Woods’ mark of 18-under 270, set in 1997. Woods remains the youngest man to ever win a Masters at 21 years, 3 months; Spieth now checks in second on that list at 21 years, 8 months and two weeks.
Spieth’s total over three mostly brilliant days at Augusta National was a 16-under-par 200, breaking the mark of 201 set by Raymond Floyd in 1976 and matched by Tiger Woods in 1997.
Spieth shot a 6-under 66 in the second round, essentially blowing away everyone in the field except Charley Hoffman, going to the weekend with a 14-under 130 total. That broke the record set by Raymond Floyd in 1976.
The 21-year-old Texan turned in a brilliant opening round at Augusta National, challenging the major championship scoring record on the way to an 8-under 64 and the lead on Thursday.
Rory McIlroy has teed off in the Masters with history in his grasp.
Tiger Woods was officially disqualified from the 2015 Masters par-three contest Wednesday after he let his 7-year-old daughter tap in a putt for him.
McIlroy was a 21-year-old with a four-shot lead at the Masters in 2011 when he shot 80 in the final round. He handled the collapse with remarkable poise and said he would learn from his mistakes.
Somehow, it just doesn’t seem right — not even to Watson — that someone who approaches the game with a decidedly unconventional attitude could join a list that includes Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
It took nearly two months, followed by two practice rounds at Augusta National last week, before Woods decided to end his self-imposed break and return at the Masters, which he last played two years ago.
Woods offered a quick glimpse on Monday that his play could be all over. He hooked a tee shot so far left that it nearly went into the ninth fairway, and then he hit a shot to about six feet and rolled in the putt for birdie.