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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 141 - Masters Wrap
SCOURING the statistics after Jordan Spieth’s record-breaking Masters victory tells the tale of a week of great ball- striking and inspired putting. He hit 75 per cent of Augusta National’s greens in regulation over four rounds. Only one player, Ian Poulter, hit more. With the flatstick in hand, he had just 1.5 putts per green hit in regulation. Combine both stats and it’s no wonder he set a new mark at 28 for the number of birdies made in a single Masters. Dominant from tee to green, and even better when he got there. But there is no stat that measures Spieth’s greatest strength, which lies between his ears. Bobby Jones, the greatest amateur the game has seen and the co-founder of the Masters, once said "competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a - half-inch course ... the space between your ears." Jones would love the way Spieth plays the game. He would be even more impressed with the way he conducts himself on and off the course. He is 21 going on 35. Mature beyond his years, he has sort plenty of advice along his journey to winning the Masters at just his second attempt. Fellow Texan Ben Crenshaw, twice a Masters champion, has been a willing mentor and Spieth has hung on every word. Even on the eve of the biggest round of his life, the young man listened intently to the wisdom Crenshaw was passing on. "I got to say hello to him. I wanted to see him before he left. I told him he hit a good putt on 17, that he made a great save on 18," said Crenshaw of his Saturday night meeting with Spieth. "I wanted him to know that everything that he’d been doing was spot on, and to not change a thing in how he is thinking and how he is playing.” Crenshaw added: "He plays the golf course like someone with far more experience, like he’s been here for years and years, and that helps. It’s not how many times you’ve played it, it’s how well you understand it." Spieth’s work with Melbourne-born, Texas- based coach Cameron McCormick during the past eight years has grooved a swing that he owns outright. His caddie, Michael Greller, is a former maths teacher who first carried Spieth’s bag in his successful US Junior Amateur title defence. The chemistry between the two meant Greller was the first man Jordan called when he turned pro. He was the first person Jordan thanked after donning the green jacket. He’s made smart decisions – on and off the course – to get to this point. His world will certainly change now as more and more sponsors clamber for a piece of the Masters champion. While his bank balance will certainly change for the better, the game of golf needs Jordan Spieth to stay the same self-deprecating and gracious player who stood up and made fun of his receding hairline and then thanked "the food and beverage" staff, just moments after the green jacket was slipped over his shoulders. OTG the VIEW YEARS AHEAD OF HIS PEERS JORDAN SPIETH SWINGS WELL, PUTTS BETTER AND MANAGES BRILLIANTLY. BUT HIS GREATEST STRENGTH IS FOUND BETWEEN HIS EARS. by Brendan James Golf Australia editor POWER VAMP Increased stability and support DESIGNED TO BE THE COOLEST SHOE IN GOLF SHAPELOCK WITH OUTLAST® Locks in your foot and keeps it cool. STEALTH CLEAT Low-profile traction control POWER FRAME Ultra-thin TPU provides lightweight strength and support.
OTG Express 140 - The Masters
OTG Express 142