Unbelievable. That’s about all we can say after Jordan Spieth’s four-round opening during this year’s Masters. In what was ostensible to be Rory McIlroy’s accession or Tiger Woods’ winning comeback, a 21-year-old Texan stole a show, earning his initial vital title, vital adult to a hype that accompanied his preference to go pro and display that there’s a new golfing star on a block. Some of a extraordinary numbers Spieth put adult this week.
1. Spieth set record for best 36-hole (-14), 54-hole measure (-16) and tied a best 72-hole measure (-18) in Masters history.
Spieth was ancestral on roughly each day during Augusta. His first-round 64 was one off a Augusta single-round record. He came behind with a 66 to mangle Ray Floyd’s 36-hole record from 1976, afterwards set a 54-hole symbol hold jointly by Floyd and Tiger Woods from 1997. Tiger, of course, hold a altogether record from his miracle entrance out celebration in ’97, that Spieth tied on Sunday.
2. He set a record for many birdies during one Masters.
Phil Mickelson (2010) formerly hold a record with 25. Spieth tied that on No. 8, afterwards pennyless it on No. 10 with a 20-footer that strike a center of a cup. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Jim Nantz pronounced afterward. Tiger has 19 birdies during his famous Masters in 1997, though also had dual eagles to assistance keep his measure low.
3. The Texan became a usually male to strech -19 during The Masters.
In a 77 playings of a Masters, usually one actor had ever gotten to -18 on a scoreboard. That was Tiger Woods, who achieved a attainment on a 16th hole of a final turn in 1997 and parred out from there. Spieth did it a few times on Saturday and Sunday, a got to -19 to make all foot.
4. He’s usually a second male in 100 years to go wire-to-wire during vital while 21 years aged or younger.
A immature Walter Hagan stayed atop a leaderboard for a whole 1914 U.S. Open, though no one had finished that given Spieth this weekend. (Thanks to @JustinRayGC for a stat.)
5. He’s a initial golfer since 1976 to go solo wire-to-wire during Augusta.
Ray Floyd did that in 1976 contest we’ve mentioned before. Trevor Immelman (2008) had been a final first-round personality to win a contest though was tied for lead after a finish of a initial round, not in solitary possession of a position. Spieth is usually a fifth male in history to go wire-for-wire.
6. Spieth is a second actor given before World War II to label 3 victories before branch 22.
Take a guess as to a other. Oh, and Spieth is a second-youngest to win a Masters also. Again, a youngest won’t come as a surprise.
7. The immature Mr. Spieth was underneath standard after ever singular 9 holes of a tournament.
If a 4 rounds were clinging into 8 nine-hole segments, Spieth’s measure would demeanour as such: -4, -4, -3, -3, -1, -1, -1, -1.
8. The loot during this year’s Masters were $1.8 million.
That’s usually about four-times as most as Tiger Woods finished when he won a contest in 1997. Tigers’ check from that year: $476,000. Spieth, and all other players, should be essay appreciate we records to Tiger for what El Tigre did for golf purses.
9. Spieth moves to No. 2 in a universe with a win.
This means a total ages of a Nos. 1 and 2 players (Rory is No. 1) are about dual years more than Phil Mickelson’s tangible age. Though, as Lefty (age 44) showed during The Masters, he’s distant from done. Prediction: He breaks Jack Nicklaus’s record for oldest actor to win a Masters (46) and Julian Boros’s symbol for oldest actor altogether to win a vital (he was 48 when he won a a 1968 PGA Championship). It’s extraordinary that record has lasted so long.
10. Spieth avoided a Norman-esque and Rory-esque collapse.
A. The final chairman to lead The Masters by himself by 3 rounds was Greg Norman in 1996. That year, he was interconnected in a final organisation with an Englishman (Nick Faldo) who went on to gain on one of a good collapses in golf history. Justin Rose was no Faldo on Sunday
B. Four years ago, another 21-year-old hold a four-shot lead going into Sunday during Augusta afterwards blew adult for an 80 thanks, in part, to one of a worse tee shots you’ll ever see during No. 10. But Rory McIlroy seems to have recovered easily from that blow up.
11. And still, this wasn’t utterly as widespread as Tiger in 1997.
That year, a second-place finisher was during -6, 12 shots behind Woods. This year, Spieth’s win was “only” by four strokes. That’s irrelevant — things for a historians and stat geeks to quarrel over. Regardless a domain of victory, acquire to a large leagues, Jordan. It’s usually a beginning.