It was a weekend that brought us an unveiling, a comeback, and a coronation. It was the Masters Golf tournament at its best.
21-year old Texas sensation Jordan Spieth became the second youngest ever to win the Green Jacket. In the process he blew by some amazing records set by legends over the years there in Georgia.
When he was done, Spieth had led wire-to-wire, a victory like that had not been performed in the last 39-years. He shattered the all time record, with a red number that read at (-18) under par.
More impressively, he never wilted when all the big names made runs at him on the back nine, and there was pressure non-stop.
Spieth was even-keeled, steady, cautious, not erratic, took no risk shots, and just seemed mature beyond his years.
He was atop the leader board from breakfast on Thursday thru the appearance at Butler Cabin. It was the arrival of possibly the next young phenom on the tour, a welcome sight considering our greatest now seem to be in the twilight of their career.
If Spieth was the unveiling, then Phil Mickelson was the comeback story. Lefty had only two top 10-finishes in the last 33-tourneys he played, but he kept the heat on the leader, twice pulling within 4-shots on the back nine. Phil was Phil putting balls in bunkers, but he scrambled to get a birdie on one and save par on another.
Justin Rose was hot down the stretch, reeling off 3-straight birdies in a duel with Mickelson right to the final hole.
Rory McIlroy, the globe’s top star, survived a pot-bunker opening round on Thursday to go 15-under par in the final 45-holes and be in the late hunt.
It was a comeback weekend for Tiger Woods. Though he scared everyone by jamming his wrist and shoulder hitting a ball out of a pine-grove, he rallied and wound up at 5-under. He survived not hitting a green for 12-holes, but he looks like he is headed in the right direction, health-wise and golf-wise.
It was the best weekend of his career for Charley Hoffman, who ran out of gas late, but finished in 9th place, a superb weekend for the Poway veteran.
A star is born, a fierce rivalry may be blooming, and a couple of legends have shown they are not done.
And now we have a US-Euro rivalry about to move into the spotlight, Spieth-McIlroy
Jordan Spietch, looks good in Green, and made much of that happen at the Masters.