2015 Masters: Jordan Spieth Becomes Second Youngest Champion
On Sunday, Jordan Spieth won the 2015 Masters held in Augusta, making him the second youngest player to win the title. He is only behind Tiger Woods, who had clinched the championship in 1997 at the same age.
With the victory, Spieth also became the fifth golfer to lead the tournament from the beginning to its culmination.
The likes of Phil Mickelson, Woods, Justin Rose and top-ranked Rory McIlroy, all of whom have a collective tally of 24 major championships to their names, could not perform as well as Spieth, who entered the final round with a four-shot lead extending by one after his opening nine holes. He closed with a two-under-par 70 to win the title, with a 72-hole score of 18-under 270.
His 28th birdie at the 15th hole pushed him forward to reach 19 under par at the Masters, an achievement behind Woods’ 1997 winning total.
Although Spieth couldn’t equal Woods’ achievement of a 12-shot winning margin from 1997, he was ahead of Rose and Mickelson, who were tied for second place.
Woods had to contend with 17th on six under after closing with 73. His last four jackets at Augusta were earned a decade ago.
Woods, who lost his place among the top 100 golfers for the first time since the 1990’s, closed his week with a bogey.
According to CNN, Rose, who won the U.S. Open champion in 2013, achieved a closing score of 70; while Mickelson, having won three Augusta titles, managed pars at his last three holes and carded 69.
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan, who placed fifth, matched McIlroy’s round of 66. He ended up one rank above Paul Casey (68), and Ian Poulter (67) and Dustin Johnson (69).
Defending champion Bubba Watson tied for the 38th position along with Seung-Yul Noh, Cameron Tringale, John Senden, Danny Willett, Charl Schwartzel and Jimmy Walker. He closed at 74, a score that equaled that of Adam Scott, who won the green jacket in 2013.
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