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In 2006 Jordan Spieth, age 12, told his new coach Cam McCormick; “…..my ultimate goal is to win the Masters.”

Let’s see, two years later at 14, Jordan’s scoring average was 4 under par from the back tees and he was in the top 2% of all golfers.

Fast forward to 2014 when then 20 year old Spieth found himself in contention for the green jacket and playing in the final group with eventual winner Bubba Watson. The youthful Texan finished T-2nd, 5 under par. It was his first appearance as a professional. Watson’s winning score in 2014 was 8 under par 280.

The benchmark set this year by Jordan was a full 10 shots better than in 2014. Spieth looped Augusta National four times, blistering the course Jones built, to finish the 2015 Masters 18 under par 270. This year had Bubba shot the same number he would have wound up T-8th. The winning margin this year was four shots. Former Masters champions Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose finished 14 under 274.

Just so you don’t forget, this was a record week in Masters history. Some of that history includes:

  • 28 birdies by Spieth are the most made in a tournament
  • It was the first wire to wire Masters win since Ray Floyd did it in 1976, (39 years)
  • Spieth becomes the second youngest to win the Masters behind Tiger Woods
  • First player ever to reach 19 under par during a Masters event
  • -18 finish ties Woods’ as the lowest 72 hole total score at the Masters
  • -16 is the lowest 54 hole score at a Masters
  • -14 is the lowest 36 hole score at a Masters
  • Spieth’s winning check was for $1.8 million. Woods in ’97 was $486,000, (Just thought I’d throw that in.)

Jordan Spieth: “I told Cam when I first came here, (age 12), my ultimate goal is to win the Masters.”

To be continued