Jordan Spieth wins first major in dominant Masters display
Jordan Spieth wowed the world yesterday with a dominant wire-to-wire display to win the 2015 Masters and equal the lowest winning score in its history to cap a record-breaking weekend at Augusta.
The 21-year-old American, who finished second in his debut last year, shot a two-under 70 to take victory on 18-under. England’s Justin Rose smashed home a 70 finish for 14-under to end his game joint second alongside three-time champion Phil Mickelson (69) who ended runner-up in a major event for the 10th time.
Rory McIlroy’s late surge wasn’t enough to catch the impressive Spieth and he finished the final day tied for fourth on 12-under after a 66.
A lot was said of McIlroy heading into the contest and general consensus was that he would be pulling on a Green Jacket come last night’s finale. However, Spieth put paid to any chances of the Northern Irishman achieving a Grand Slam at this junction and now he will have to wait for his next opportunity.
Spieth, who is now World No.2, dominated the news headlines every day and even equalled Tiger Woods’ winning score of 18-under in 1997, when the former World No.1 won his first Green Jacket. Spieth has also become the second-youngest Masters champion, winning the tournament at the age of 21 years and 259 days – 155 days older than Woods when he recorded his 1997 win.
He also became the first player in 39 years to lead a Masters from start to finish, and the first to shoot 28 birdies at the tournament.
A one-over 73 for Woods meant he finished tied 17th on five under, while 2014 champion Bubba Watson carded a 74 to finish tied for 38th on one over.
Rose comes so close to glory
Justin Rose can consider himself unlucky not to have come closer to winning his first Green Jacket after a 14-under finish – a score good enough to have won 12 of the previous 13 Masters.
Spieth’s brief wobble on Saturday saw him bogey the 17th – gave Rose some hope of catching the Texan, and he managed to cut the lead back to four heading into Sunday’s final round.
Rose applied early pressure as he putted for birdie on the first, but his playing partner Spieth kept his cool to respond with a birdie of his own and maintain that tidy advantage.
An electrifying start to the day which never petered out saw Rose sink a wonderful birdie putt on the second, but once again Spieth was equal to his opponent and did likewise one hole later.
Rose saved a very good par on the fourth but by then it was clear he could not afford another mistake – ultimately bogeys on the par-three sixth and par-four ninth cost him the chance to truly challenge Spieth.
Rose put on a late rally in the third round, making five birdies of his final six holes, and he again found form from the 13th, picking up three successive shots to close the gap to four.
Mickelson, Masters winner in 2004, 2006 and 2010, was also on the hunt, holing out from a bunker on the 15th for an eagle that saw him close to within four.
Spieth, once again, responded with a birdie on the 15th that made him the first player in Masters history to reach 19 under par.
Had he held that until the finish, it would have set a new Masters record for the lowest winning score and equalled Woods's record for any major, set at the 2000 Open, but a bogey on the last denied him both honours.
What’s in the Bag?
What equipment did Jordan Spieth use to win his first major event at The 2015 Masters to become the second-youngest champion ever:
Fairway Wood: Titleist 915F Fairway Wood
Hybrid: Titleist 915H Hybrid.
Irons: Titleist AP2 714 Irons
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5 Wedges
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 Putter – View all Scotty Cameron Putters here
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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