By Lindsay Eichhold ’18
Before this weekend, most people probably did not know the name ‘Jordan Spieth’ but now he is known by millions. The Masters, golf’s most famous major, was played this weekend and many records were broken. The tournament started out on Thursday with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus (also known as The Big Three) kicking off the tournament with their ceremonial drives. Soon after that, history was made.
Jordan Spieth played his first round at the Masters and finished with a round of 66, that no other golfer came close to. With that 66 he set the record for the youngest person to lead after 18 holes, 21 years and 8 months. Rory Mcilroy previously held that title with the age 21 years and 11 months. Jordan Spieth would maintain a solid lead throughout the rest of the tournament and come out with a win in the end.
Jordan was the first golfer to win The Masters as a Wire-to-Wire champion since 1976. This means that he lead from the time he putted the ball in on the first round of 18 to the fourth. Those weren’t the only records that the incredibly gorgeous phenomenon broke this weekend. Spieth had a total of 28 birdies all weekend, the most ever made by a single person in a tournament. He also obtained the lowest 36 and 54 hole scores, -14 and -16 respectively. Spieth then finished his final round with a bogey that tied him with the lowest 72 hole score, also held by Tiger Woods, for -18. After his victory this weekend he moved up the world rankings to become the number 2 golfer in the world, behind number 1, Rory Mcilroy.
This year wasn’t the first time that Jordan Spieth played well in The Masters. Last year Spieth finished tied for second after losing the lead in the final round. His promising performance in the 2014 Masters made him a strong contender this year.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching The Masters this year simply for the fact that they showed Jordan Spieth every other hole. I look forward to the future golf tournaments and commercials that Jordan Spieth is in because, lets face it, he is a great golfer and is very attractive.
The Masters– Golf’s most popular tournament that takes place at Augusta.
Par– The average amount of strokes needed to make the ball into the hole, par of every hole is added up to get the par of the course.
Birdie– What it is called when the golfer makes the ball into the hole using 1 less shot than par.
Bogey– When the golfer goes over par by 1.
Drive– The golf shot hit by the Driver, also called a Tee Shot.
-#– the minus sign in front of the number means that the golfer is that number under par
+#– how many shots the player is over par, which means they needed more shots to get to the hole.