Jordan Spieth's Smashing 63
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/1/14

The course record at Australian Golf ClubAustralian Golf Club fell three times this weekend. On Friday, 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott fired a 66 that stood as the new record — for about 30 minutes, until young Californian Jamie Lovemark topped Scott with a 65.

But it was Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old phenom from Texas, who topped both of them — and under Sunday pressure, to boot. Spieth won again — this time in convincing and overwhelming fashion, firing a Sunday 63 to capture the Australian Open. After being cheated out of a possible birdie on Friday, Providence smiled upon Spieth on Sunday, as he got back what a cowardly-and-still-unidentified course marshal stole from him two days earlier.
"There's been a lot of close calls since the last time I won until now. It would be a lie if I didn't say that it was eating at me a little bit. It's tough when you get so close so many times at big events against world class fields and you're not able to pull it off... I didn't know it was a 63 until I signed the card. It was one of those rounds you are in the zone and you don't really care where you're at."
With the win, Spieth has advanced to number 11 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but the young Texan took an anti-Patrick Reed approach to where he ranks among the world's best golfers:
"I think if I had the follow-up year that Rory had this year, I think I'd be pleased this time next year – that would be nice. I think I'm very far away. Honestly. This week was big because I was able to close it out. I felt the pressure and I felt the nerves and performed the best I've ever performed.

"There's a big difference between playing great at Augusta and coming up just short and closing out a tournament. It just feels completely different. Even though that week was one of the most memorable of my golfing career, it still wasn't a win and it still wasn't the same feeling as it was today walking down the 18th.

"In order to do this in majors, it's going to take a lot more than it took this week."
On the other hand, many people are beyond impressed:

Spieth undoubtedly earned a bunch of new fans this week, too:

Don't look for Jordan Spieth in Texas during Thanksgiving weekend for awhile. Not only will he return to Oz next November as the defending Australian Open champion, but he will also take a crack at the Australian Masters.

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MSchad says:
Jordan was very impressive, and exciting to watch.
On another note though.... I was amazed at the amount of "actual" golf that was televised. I guessing it was at least 30-40% more. Not over analyised by commentators every 10 minutes.
Torleif Sorenson says:
The Aussies *do* have a nice way of televising golf, that's for sure.
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