21 Year Old Master
By … Tim Sullivan
Does anyone remember what they were doing when they were 21? I’m sure most of you would like to forget most of the things you did at that age, but not Jordan Spieth. He became the second youngest player to win the Master’s Championship in Augusta last Sunday to prove that even the youngest men can compete with the veteran golfers on tour. There comes a time when you realize you are very good at something and it brings you a feeling like you’ve never had before. Spieth is going to be feeling this for years to come and golf fans everywhere have a new love for the game.
Jordan Alexander Spieth came into this world on July 27th, 1993 to his parents Shawn and Mary Spieth. His father named him after his favorite basketball player Michael Jordan and the family settled in Dallas Texas. Seven years later they would have another child named Ellie, who was born with Autism and quickly became Justin’s number one fan. Spieth decided to stay close to home and attend the University of Texas. He became the second player since Tiger Woods to win the Junior Amatuer multiple times in 2009 and 2011. He was also a member of the 2011 Walker Cup Team. After finishing runner-up to Bubba Watson at last years Master’s and watching Watson put on the green jacket, Spieth decided he wanted more. “It drove me all year to get me back to that position” were the words he used to describe the feeling of watching someone else take his turn at wearing the jacket. Spieth just missed the record Tiger Woods set at 54 for the lowest round in Master’s history. He finished the Masters with an incredible score of 270 and -18 under par for the weekend event.
Many players in Sports get into a zone where a baseball player visions the ball as big as a beach ball. A basketball player will admit that it’s like throwing a ball into the ocean because the net looks so big. Spieth hit a zone that most athletes dream about. He not only hit the zone, but he maintained it for four straight days. There are not a lot of athletes in my lifetime that can claim this. He was focused and determined because of his runner-up finish from the previous year. It takes a very special person to set a goal and achieve what very few people can do every week. Rory McElroy and Jordan Spieth have become the new Generation of golf. These close friends will hopefully give us legendary battles that golf hasn’t seen since the days of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. The future of golf is looking a lot brighter now that these young guns are making it on the scene and I can’t wait to see what happens next.