Masters 2015: Here's why Jordan Spieth's record-equalling win was so special

 
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Jordan Spieth is the second-youngest player to win the Masters. (Source: Getty)

Winning the Masters is an impressive, rarefied feat in itself. Winning it at 21 years of age even more so. But triumphing at Augusta in the style demonstrated by Jordan Spieth this weekend is truly something special.

Not only did the young Texan fulfill the goal he's been gunning for from childhood almost as soon as he graduated into adulthood, but he did so with a remarkable 18 under par score that has only been seen once before - when a young Tiger Woods announced himself as golf's next sensation in 1997.

But that wasn't all for golf's new golden boy, who brilliantly held his nerve in a leading position throughout the weekend becoming the first wire-to-wire champion (leading after every round of the tournament) for 29 years.

Jordan Spieth's wondrous weekend:

  • Record 28 birdies.
  • Second-youngest winner in history behind Tiger Woods.
  • Joint-best score of 18 under par.
  • First wire-to-wire Masters winner since Raymond Floyd in 1976.
  • First player to win the Masters a year after finishing second since Ben Crenshaw in 1984.

 

Although he'll hardly mind as he flexes his shoulders in his new green jacket, Spieth actually came agonisingly close to making the perfect weekend. As demonstrated in the graph below, the 21 year-old had a score of 19 under going into the final two holes but couldn't quite sustain it.

Nevertheless, with a first green jacket and a record 25 birdies, you wouldn't bet against Spieth eventually accomplishing the feat at a Masters in the very near future.

*The above graph has been updated as the initial version displayed an inaccurate x axis.

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