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Jordan Spieth and the Record that Got Away

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 April 2015 04:45 Wednesday, 15 April 2015 23:55

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth became the first player to reach 19-under par at any point during the Masters.

He just didn’t stay there.

On the final hole, he chipped too strong and missed a 5-foot par putt that would have put him alone in the Masters record book at 19-under 269. Instead, he shares the spot at 270 with Tiger Woods, who made a 4-foot par putt in 1997 to break the record held by Raymond Floyd (1976) and Jack Nicklaus (1965).

Asked if he was bothered by not making par, Spieth said, “A little bit.”

“I knew he had shot that,” Spieth said. “I didn’t know where I was at. I was so focused on this match I was playing with Justin (Rose).”

Not that he wasn’t trying.

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Spieth Dominates a Masters that Shows Golf in Good Hands

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:31 Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:23

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Paul Newberry/AP) — Jordan Spieth never really suffered. Certainly not like Phil Mickelson, who came close so many times before finally winning his first major title.

Yet, not long after Spieth slipped on the green jacket at age 21, the second-youngest champion in the history of the Masters, he pondered what pushed him to one of the game’s greatest performances.

There was that runner-up finish in the 2014 Masters, when he had a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play but faded to a runner-up finish behind Bubba Watson. A fine showing, indeed, for someone so young playing Augusta National for the first time.

But it gnawed at Spieth.

“I was already hungry from last year,” he said. “I had an opportunity and watched it slip away.”

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Teacher Goes from Spectator to Masters Champion Caddie

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:23 Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:16

Michael GrellerCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Teresa M. Walker/AP) — Michael Greller thought his Masters’ experience peaked in 2012 when he won Augusta National’s ticket lottery and he leaned over the ropes to get his picture snapped with Phil Mickelson and his caddie.

It’s time the former sixth-grade math teacher resets his expectations.

Greller now is the caddie for record-setting Masters champion Jordan Spieth, the first wire-to-wire winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976.

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Masters TV Ratings Earn Major Increase

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:12 Tuesday, 14 April 2015 04:08

Jordan SpiethAUGUSTA, Georgia (PGA TOUR) — CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the 2015 Masters, which saw Jordan Spieth win the coveted Green Jacket in record-tying fashion, carded ratings and viewership increases of 26 percent.

The final-round earned an average fast national household rating/share of 8.7/19, and an average viewership (Persons 2+) of 14.0 million viewers, both up 26 percent from last year’s 6.9/15 and 11.1 million, respectively.

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Jordan Spieth, 21, Captures Masters Victory for the Ages

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:34 Sunday, 12 April 2015 21:19

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth tapped in his final putt to cap off a record performance and bent over in relief. He just as easily could have been taking a bow.

This was a Masters for the ages.

Not since Tiger Woods in 1997 has a 21-year-old faced so little stress while making a mockery of par in a major. Not since Raymond Floyd in 1976 has anyone withstood the pressure of leading for all four rounds at Augusta National.

Only one other Masters champion — Craig Wood in 1941 — has never let anyone closer to him than three shots the entire way.

Spieth took his place among the best in the game when he closed with a 2-under 70 for a four-shot victory over Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, becoming the second-youngest champion behind Woods to wear a green jacket.

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