Jordan Spieth

Week 80 (11 - 17 April 2015)

The prestigious Masters Tournament concluded on Sunday and a new golfing hero was propelled into the spotlight of world sport. Jordan Spieth, 21, broke numerous records on his way to becoming the second-youngest Masters champion and the gracious manner in which he treated his victory will be remembered for a long time, just as much as his faultless and stunning display.

Spieth finished at 18 under par to equal Tiger Woods' lowest winning score in Masters history (set in 1997 when the former world number one received his first Green Jacket).

It was a supremely dominant display from Spieth in Augusta, leading from start to finish to record the first wire-to-wire victory since 1976‎.

The young American - who has only been a professional for three years - then delivered another remarkable performance when giving an ‎impromptu speech at the 18th green, which would terrify most 21-year-olds.

In front of the world's media, Spieth spoke with maturity and humility beyond his years, expressing his pride in joining the illustrious list of Masters champions.

"This was arguably the greatest day of my life," Spieth said. "To join Masters history and put my name on that trophy and to have this jacket forever, it's something that I can't fathom right now."

He added: "I'm looking forward to being introduced everywhere as the Masters champion. I know that carries a heavy weight but it will make me feel so proud."

He was gracious in victory and made sure to applaud and thank the Augusta National members, the volunteers, the staff, his family and the patrons.

With a humble tone, Spieth then firmly communicated his future ambitions: "The ultimate goal each week is to be the number one player in the world," he said.

And based on last weekend, it is hard not to imagine Spieth challenging Rory McIlroy for that number one spot in the near future. Other sports may well look on with envy at golf's down-to-earth new champion.

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