It was too soon for him to have any scar tissue, too new for him to have solved all the riddles and answered all the questions that The Masters demands. But Jordan Spieth, wise and sturdy enough beyond mere youth not to come undone under the examination of the back nine with a lead that was never comfortable enough, won The Masters on Sunday in only his second try.
And by the time you read this, he will be No. 2 in the world, behind Rory McIlroy. McIlroy and Spieth. Spieth and McIlroy. Has quite a ring to it, doesn’t it? In case you’ve been thinking professional golf has become Tiger-weary, begging for the next great rivalry, now you have it.
For the next 15 or 20 years, imagine what we have in store in the game’s biggest tournaments, not to mention Ryder Cups going forward. They are absolutely perfect to combat each other – and the legion of challengers – for majors to come.
As for this past week, everything came up Spieth. He was brilliant, brave and steadfast. He is emotional without going over the top. He has a clear eye and an even clearer inner eye.
He looked calamity squarely in the eyes and failed to blink, not even once. He is unfailingly polite and unendingly humble, knowing that the thing about humility is that once you think you have it, you’ve just lost it.
And after the greatest day of his young life, when the green jacket was slipped over his slender shoulders, with no great surprise, it was a perfect fit.
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