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Spieth is the real deal

By Matt Bowker
Sports Editor

Spieth wins his first major in dominant fashion. (AP Photo)
Spieth wins his first major in dominant fashion. (AP Photo)

Jordan Spieth sent a message to the golf world over the weekend. He is the real deal and a threat to win every major he plays in for the next 20 years. Jordan Spieth has what it takes to become what the golf world expected Tiger Woods would eventually become before his injuries.

Many in the golf world thought Rory McIlroy, the current number one golfer in the world, to take Tiger’s mantle. but McIlroy was a non-factor for most of last weekend’s Masters Tournament.

McIlroy’s inconsistent play has opened the door for other golfers to become the next great one, and 21-year-old Jordan Spieth has answered the call.

Spieth went into Augusta coming off four consecutive top-two finishes. That fire carried over to the year’s first major, when Spieth ran the table, finishing at -18, tying the tournament record for best score.

Spieth led from start to finish and had a stranglehold on the competition throughout. Spieth, in only his second Masters tournament, became the first wire-to-wire champion since 1976.

Spieth’s dominant victory has garnered him comparisons to Tiger Woods. Spieth became the second youngest winner of the tournament, second only to Woods. The two share eerily similar results in the first Masters victory, finishing with the same score overall.

Such a dominant tournament hasn’t been seen since since Woods was in his prime. It can be argued that Spieth was more dominant than Woods, who won by 12 shots in 1997. Spieth only won by four, but beat out past champions, rising stars and even Woods, himself.

When all is said and done, Spieth will not be the next Tiger Woods. Spieth will surpass Tiger Woods, and we will be looking for the next Jordan Spieth.


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