Jordan Spieth Wins the Masters

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The Associated Press
Augusta, Ga

Jordan Spieth won the 79th Masters tournament on Sunday shooting 70 and annihilating the rest of the field, topping his closest competitors Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson by four shots.

Only four other golfers in the history of the Masters have led wire to wire—Craig Wood, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Raymond Floyd—until Spieth accomplished the feat for a fifth time on Sunday. Before Spieth, Floyd was the last do it in 1976.

Records are made to be broken and Spieth proved that this weekend. He set the mark for youngest opening-round leader at the Masters with 64 on Thursday, a 36-hole record of 130 on Friday, and a 54-hole record of 200 on Saturday.

None of those, however, are as sweet as his tie for the 72-hole Masters record of 270, 18 under par, that awarded him the green jacket and a place in Masters history. Spieth’s 18 under par ties Tiger Woods’s performance in 1997. The Texan did set a new record of having reached 19 under at one point in the tournament, becoming the first in the history of the tournament ever to do so.

Rory McIlroy finished behind Michelson and Rose at 12 under par. Hideki Matsuyama ended the day in fifth at 11 under. Tiger Woods, despite injuring his wrist on Sunday, rebounded brilliantly from his recent run of injuries and horrid play by tying for 17th at five under. Dustin Johnson, on leave from the PGA Tour to order his life for much of 2014, ended the tournament at an impressive nine under.

Spieth finished above all expectations save his own. He said after the victory that he aimed to shoot 20 under par for the tournament.