21-year-old and Lifetime Longhorn Jordan Spieth finished 18-under-par to win the Masters tournament Sunday afternoon after four remarkable, record-setting rounds.
Spieth, who only knows what it's like to play in the final pairing on Sunday in Augusta, is the first golfer since Raymond Floyd in 1976 to go wire-to-wire at Augusta without losing the lead. His performance was historic. He set 36 and 54-hole score records at what is considered to be one of the most coveted championships in sports. He comfortably broke Phil Mickelson's tournament birdie record, and finished two shots away from the lowest total in major championship history.
He is the second youngest Masters victor of all-time. The first? Tiger Woods in 1997 by only a few months.
"Everybody is mystified by this performance," CBS golf analyst Nick Faldo said after watching Spieth's approach shot on the 15th hole. "Incredible."
"We are witnessing history," said legendary announcer and Austin High graduate Verne Lundquist after watching Spieth birdie the same hole to become the first golfer ever to post a 19-under-par score at Augusta National.
It was a fitting tournament for Spieth to win. After a disappointing second place finish in his first Masters last year, the former UT national champion won Sunday in front of another Longhorn legend, Ben Crenshaw, who was playing in his 44th and final Masters.
With ice in his veins, Spieth made clutch putts on Sunday to keep a charging Mickelson at bay. It was his first Major victory, and one he has been eyeing since he was 14. It clearly won't be his last. Spieth just wins. Will he wind up being the greatest Longhorn athlete of his generation? He definitely has an argument.
In a period of downturn for Texas athletics, it's fun to see a Longhorn win such a major championship. And there will be more to come. We are witnessing the beginning of what could end up being a legendary career. Arnold, Jack, Gary, Tiger and Jordan, has a nice ring to it don't you think?
With this major victory, Spieth moves up to second in the world--right behind Rory McIlroy.
Light the tower orange, President Powers. Or green, if you can.