Spieth's Masters win offers glimpse into major future
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth's remarkable victory at the 79th Masters not only confirmed the greatness for which he has long been earmarked but offered a glimpse into the likely pattern at majors for the next decade.
Spieth, aged 21, claimed his first major title on Sunday with a record-equalling display at Augusta National where world number one Rory McIlroy, 25, finished fourth and rising Japanese talent Hideki Matsuyama, 23, placed fifth.
American Rickie Fowler, 26, tied for 12th in the year's opening major and with Australia's Jason Day, 27, who faded into a share of 28th place, those five players can be expected to flourish in golf's big events for the foreseeable future.
"It's pretty neat to have guys from all around the world," Day, who has already recorded seven top-10s at the majors, including three runner-up spots, said of the game's richly talented young guns.
"You've got Matsuyama as well who is playing great golf. We've got a great group of guys right now who are all from different nations who are playing against each other."
Northern Ireland's McIlroy has already set the gold standard with four major victories and he arrived at Augusta National last week in pursuit of a career grand slam of golf's four blue riband events.
He rebounded from successive 71s with strong play over the weekend to record his best ever finish at the Masters but could only tip his hat at Spieth's incredible wire-to-wire victory.
"It's awfully impressive," McIlroy said of the young American's record-equalling tally of 18-under 270 at the Masters that matched the total achieved by Tiger Woods in 1997. Continued...