Spieth claims wire-to-wire victory at Masters

Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:49am EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Young gun Jordan Spieth, evoking memories of Tiger Woods at Augusta National 18 years ago, added his name to golf's record books with a stunning wire-to-wire victory by four shots at the Masters on Sunday.

Ice-cool whenever he faced adversity, the 21-year-old American who is known for his brilliant putting closed with a two-under-par 70 to match Woods' tournament record low of 18-under 270 for 72 holes.

Woods achieved the mark when he clinched his maiden major title at the 1997 Masters, also aged 21.

"It was very nerve wracking today," Spieth, the second youngest Masters winner after Woods, said before being helped into the coveted green jacket by last year's Masters champion, American Bubba Watson.

"I thought today might be a little easier than yesterday, having played with the lead, but it wasn't. I didn't sleep well last night.

"It's the most incredible week of my life," added Spieth, who effectively turned the year's opening major into a one-man show when he fired a 64 in the first round. "This is as great as it gets in our sport. This is a dream come true for me."

Spieth's playing partner Justin Rose of England, the 2013 U.S. Open champion, signed off with a 70 to share second place with three-times Masters winner Phil Mickelson, who carded a 69.

"I was really happy with the way I felt today on the golf course, how composed I was and how in control of my emotions I was," said Rose, who birdied the first two holes to apply early pressure.   Continued...

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. wears his traditional green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 12, 2015.   REUTERS/Jim Young