At 1.15 PM on Thursday the 9th of April, 21 year old Texan, Jordan Spieth teed it up for the first time on what was going to be a wire to wire historic win at Augusta. He started with a superb first round 64, which included five opening birdies in the first 10 holes. He then went on to shoot a 66 in round 2 and a 70 in round 3. Consistent and very steady golf.
12 months ago, Spieth was ambushed by a very experienced Bubba Watson and finished T2 with Jonas Blixt. His inexperience was highlighted when he hit his tee shot on the par 3 12th into the water hazard, but got up and down for a miraculous bogey. It was advantage Bubba, and he wasn’t going to let Spieth back into the golf tournament and went on to win by three strokes.
After learning the hard way last year, Jordan wasn’t going to let that happen a second time and went out in round 4 with his chest pumped out, full of confidence and got off the a flying start. It was in the final round that the youngster took control of his destiny starting with a superb birdie on the first, which rattled his closest rival Justin Rose. It was a steady round all the way, but there was a slight hiccup on the 12th, when he three putted for bogey and left the door slightly a jar for Rose. He responded in style with a superb second shot into the par 5 13th and landed it 12 feet from the hole, which he went on to two putt for a birdie.
He maintained that control for the rest of the round with another birdie on 15, par’s on 16 and 17 and a disappointing bogey on 18. However that didn’t matter as the young Texan had plenty of room for error with a four stroke lead over Rose and Mickelson. It was a 10/1 winner and money in the bank!
We’re having a great season so far, which started with a 80/1 on Robert Streb at The McGladrey Classic back in October. We started 2015 off with a bang with another winner on Patrick Reed at 22/1 at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a 16/1 win on Jimmy Walker in The Sony, 14/1 win on Jason Day at The Farmers Insurance Open and Dustin Johnson at 20/1 at The WGC Cadillac. That good form continued with another win on Jordan Spieth at The Valspar, a 25/1 winner on J.B. Holmes at The Houston Open and a 10/1 win on Jordan Spieth at The Masters giving us a total of +245.81 for the season so far.
Ill be back tomorrow with my thoughts on The RBC Heritage, which takes place at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Chat to you then,