As you watch Jordan Spieth roam the hills and valleys of Augusta National, it’s hard not to think you’re watching the heir apparent to the mantle that Tiger Woods assumed on this same acreage some 17 years ago.
Oh, Spieth’s first Masters has not been the dominating tour de force that Woods displayed in 1997, but if he wins the green jacket Sunday evening, he will be the youngest man ever to do so.
On Saturday, Spieth had ice-water in his veins on a day that tried many older, experienced men’s patience. When it was over, he found himself tied for the lead with Bubba Watson, and appeared more than ready to go toe-to-toe with the 2012 Masters champ in Sunday’s final pairing.
Everybody is eager to see how the youngster responds in the crucible of Augusta National’s back nine on Sunday, but no one is more eager to find out thatn Spieth himself.