Is Spieth The New Face of American Golf?
Jordan Spieth's Masters victory on Sunday afternoon may have just ushered in the new era of American golf. The 21-year old became the second youngest Masters champion behind only Tiger Woods, while also Tying Woods' 18-under mark he set back in 1997.
Spieth's win now means that American golf is ascending. He has been looked at over the past 5 years as the next great American star to take over the PGA Tour and follow in the footsteps of Woods. So far, he has done just that.
His victory at the Masters was the third PGA Tour victory of his career and the young star has been rather successful thus far. Before winning on Sunday, Spieth was most famously known for his chip-in on the 72nd hole of the 2013 John Deere Classic that sent him into a sudden death playoff where he defeated Zach Johnson and David Hearn to claim his first career PGA Tour win.
Spieth is undoubtedly the next face of American golf. Before the Masters, he sat at 6th in the official world golf rankings, then moved up to 2nd behind only Rory McIlroy after putting on his first career green jacket.
Now that Spieth has claimed a major of his own and proved his place among the games elite, the new rivalry we may encounter over the next decade or so will most likely be Spieth vs McIlroy. What a rivalry that may end up becoming.
With as young as he is and with a bright future ahead of him, Spieth will be compared to Woods if he should stay consistent over the next few years of his career. With many believing that golf without Woods will hurt the PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth might have just saved the day.