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Jordan Spieth wins Masters

jordan spiethBy Andrew Lamphar

One day they will write books about Jordan Spieth’s nerveless brilliance at the 79th Masters. They’re already rewriting the one comprising the tournament’s records.

At the beautiful Augusta National, the 21 year old Texan’s in-breakable composure continued right to the end. We all know the cliché about how the Masters starts on the back nine on Sunday.
Well, this one ended on the 10th when this peerless putter rapped knuckles with his caddie as one more birdie found the bottom of the hole. It stretched his lead to six shots, and after taking everything the best players in the game could throw at him during the week and having repelled it all, there was no way he was going to throw it away now. There might have been plenty of scary holes ahead but not much was left to frighten Spieth since he had such a reassuring advantage.

It was his 26th birdie and one more Masters record for the man who became the youngest first-round leader on Thursday, set a new 36-hole record on Friday and a new low third round mark on Saturday.

On it went, this relentless pursuit of history, with landmarks reached at every turn. At the par-five 15th, yet another birdie meant he reached 19 under par: the first man in Masters history to attain that total.

Just look who he had left behind. Just four players ever reached 17 under: Jack Nicklaus, Ray Floyd, Spieth and Tiger Woods. Only Spieth and Tiger ever got to 18. And now Spieth stands alone.
A bogey at the last didn’t matter, and it was fitting in its way. It means he shares the 72-hole tournament record set by 21-year-old Tiger in 1997.

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