Jordan Spieth has an opportunity on Sunday afternoon to solve a lot of issues surrounding the state of PGA Golf here in the US. Even though he won The 2012 John Deere Classic last year and has had a record amount of top ten finishes, he still needs that major championship to put the “legitimate” stamp on his career. What better place than Augusta National, and what better tournament than The Masters to become legitimate?
Jordan Spieth became the first teenager in 81 years to win a PGA Tour event last year at The John Deer Classic. It has been 35 years since a Masters Rookie has won a Green Jacket on Sunday afternoon, so why not Jordan Spieth, and why not this Sunday?
He is a youngster with amazing maturity, and if anyone can pull this off, it has to be 20 year-old Jordan Spieth.
“I’m 20 and this is the Masters, and this is the tournament I’ve always dreamt about,” said Spieth, who could be seen talking to himself throughout his round Saturday. “And like Mr. [Ben] Crenshaw has always said, it brings out more emotion than ever in somebody.”
With the health concerns surrounding Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson this year, and giving their age, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize both of our American golf stars are closer to the end of their careers, than the beginning.
With that being said, I have lived long enough to have seen the torch passed from Arnold Palmer to Jack Nicklaus, and From Jack To Tiger Woods. With American golf fans needing a new Super-Star, I think if this youngster can battle the field through Amen Corner on a Sunday at Augusta and emerge with a Green Jacket, Jordan Spieth can be that guy who get the torch.
It’s a lot to ask of a kid this young, but I think America is looking for that next young Super-Star. Tiger Woods came along and infused energy into golf in America, now it’s time for new blood on the PGA Tour, and Jordan Spieth can be that new blood, especially if he can win the 2014 Masters!