Jordan Spieth’s first visit to Australia for the 2014 Australian Open was one that neither he, nor anyone who watched him win the golf tournament will forget. Spieth lead early and his final round of -8, 63 was some of the best golf ever witnessed in Australia. The blustery conditions and tough pin placements made his final 18 holes even more impressive and his winning score of -13 was six shots better than second placed Australian Rod Pampling.
Pre-tournament favourites Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy had disappointing results with McIlroy in particular having a championship to forget. The current world number 1 shot 76 and 72 over the weekend to finish at +2, well back in a tie for 15th.
With 15 shots between first and 10th place, the performance of Spieth was truly remarkable and demonstrated the huge gulf between him and the rest of the field. After his victory, the 21 year old Texan suggested that his final round was the best of his career and admitted he had loved his time in Australia and couldn’t wait to come back to defend his title in 2015.
And enjoy his time in Australia he must have. At his next start at Tiger Wood’s Hero World Challenge in Florida, Spieth lead from wire to wire, taking out the tournament by 10 shots with an incredible score of 26 under the card and rising to number 9 in the world golf ranking.
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