Great things ahead for golfer Jordan Spieth

American golfer Jordan Spieth reacts after a missed putt on the ninth hole during the final round...

American golfer Jordan Spieth reacts after a missed putt on the ninth hole during the final round of the Masters. (Jim Young/Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:29 AM ET

AUGUSTA, GA. - The Masters may have ended nine holes too soon but one thing is clear after a week of Tiger-less golf at Augusta National: Jordan Spieth’s career is just beginning.

All week long, Spieth, at the tender age of 20, beguiled his elders and astonished his peers by displaying patience, poise, talent and respect at a tournament that seldom yields its secrets to one so young. The fact that he couldn’t quite finish can’t erase the image that he projected in his first major.

Masters champs from Palmer and Nicklaus to Mickelson and Woods have always espoused a common theme that the Masters really starts on the back nine on Sunday. In this 78th Masters, though, nobody could have truly known it at the time, Bubba Watson had already put it to bed on the ninth green.

Maybe some of that is due to Spieth’s inexperience. Or maybe to Watson’s innate genius. But the lusty roars that normally sweep through the Augusta National lowlands of the back nine did not fire up this time.


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