Inside the dominance of Spieth at Augusta
April 13, 2015
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Jordan Spieth has either won or finished runner-up in his last four starts on TOUR. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
Welcome to the Monday Finish, where we want to thank Jordan Spieth for helping us smash some social media records yesterday.
Well.. I'm glad that wasn't a dream— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) April 13, 2015
Spieth won the Masters Tournament with a record-setting performance at Augusta National, tying Tiger Woods’ tournament-low, 18-under par, after breaking the 36- and 54-hole scoring records along the way.
SOMETHING RANDOM TO THINK ABOUT
Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson finished the week at 14 under and tied for second. In the 78 Masters before this year, the winning score has only been lower than that five times.
THIS WEEK’S FIVE (SORRY, 10) BEST STATS
1) With a birdie at No. 15 on Sunday, Jordan Spieth became the first player to ever get to -19 at the Masters. A meaningless bogey at No. 18 kept him from setting a new tournament record, but his 72-hole total of 270 ties Tiger Woods’ famous 1997 score.
2) Since you may be tired of hearing about Spieth’s age, I’ll cram all the 21-year-old stuff into one bullet point. First of all, Spieth joins Tiger Woods, Gene Sarazen and Tom Creavy as the only players since 1900 to win three times (with at least one major) before turning 22. Since 1940, only Woods, Spieth and Sergio Garcia have recorded three wins before age 22. Finally, He’s the second youngest winner of the Masters, behind Woods and a year and a half younger than Seve Ballesteros.
3) Spieth becomes the first wire-to-wire winner of the Masters since Raymond Floyd did so in 1976. Thinking about how the media attention, interview requests and more that has changed since that time only makes that more impressive.
4) Spieth entered this week 0-for-4 when holding 54-hole leads on the PGA TOUR. We can throw that stat out the window.
5) Spieth is the first player to ever play his first eight rounds at Augusta National at par or better. Here’s a closer look at what he’s done.
Spieth at Augusta Rounds: 8 Par or better: 8 Under par: 7 To par: 23 under Scoring average: 69.1— Sean Martin (@PGATOURSMartin) April 12, 2015
6) Spieth made 28 birdies this week, setting a new Masters record. Phil Mickelson made 25 in 2001. Tiger Woods made 24 in winning in 2005, the previous most by a Masters champion.
7) Spieth’s last four starts on the PGA TOUR: Win (Valspar Championship), second (Valero Texas Open), T2, lost in a playoff (Shell Houston Open), win (Masters). Going out further, here’s how his last 12 worldwide starts look: Four wins, 10 top 10s. For four consecutive starts, Spieth has played in the final group on Sunday.
8) That strong play has moved Spieth to No. 2 in the world, which calls to mind this stat:
For the first time ever, Nos. 1 & 2 in the world are 25 or younger. 1. McIlroy 2. Spieth 3. Stenson 4. Watson 5. Day pic.twitter.com/ou2B0BrPqK— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 13, 2015
9) Phil Mickelson now has the Career (Runner-up) Grand Slam. Sunday’s T2 finish was his first runner-up at The Masters and his 10th overall runner-up at a major.
10) After a first-nine 40 on Friday, Rory McIlroy played his final 45 holes in 15-under par to finish solo fourth. Here’s my favorite way to look at that stat:
Final 45 hole leaderboard: -15 McIlroy -12 Mickelson -12 Z.Johnson -10 Rose -10 Matsuyama -10 Mahan -9 Poulter -8 Fowler -7 Spieth— Jamie Kennedy (@jamierkennedy) April 12, 2015
THIS WEEK’S THREE BEST VIDEOS
1) The entire week was historic for Spieth, but from a video perspective it doesn’t get much better than seeing Jack Nicklaus make an ace at Augusta National.
2) One of my favorite things to see at Augusta National is the daily running of the mowers. The Masters put together a great video for those who couldn’t see it in person.
3) Finally, it’s tough to show just how undulating the greens at Augusta are. This hole-out by Jimmy Walker does a good job.
ODDS & ENDS
This look from stats guru Mark Broadie shows just how dominant Jordan Spieth was in every facet of his game this week.
There was a great video circulating this week of a 14-year-old Jordan Spieth discussing his golf career and specifically the Masters. You can watch the whole thing here by clicking here.
One of this year’s PGATOUR.COM “My Buddy” commercials centers around Jordan Spieth sharing fun moments with a golf fan. That couldn’t have been better for GIF ideas this week.
THREE REASONS TO BE EXCITED THIS WEEK
1) Spieth is playing, honoring his earlier commitment to play the RBC Heritage.
2) Spieth will be making a media tour of New York City, so we’ll see plenty of outside-the-norm interviews of the Masters champion. Brian Wacker will be along for the tour and you can follow updates throughout the day tomorrow on PGATOUR.COM.
3) Harbour Town and the RBC Heritage has one of the best finishing holes on TOUR.