Image from Getty Images – taken from Jordanspiethgolf.com
I had promised myself not to write any more posts about golf this month.
I have broken the promise because of the young man in the photograph above.
Jordan Spieth is a twenty one year old, who on Thursday and Friday amassed the best score ever in the first two rounds of the Masters.
There are two more rounds to play, and therefore plenty of time for the wheels to come off, but I’ll be bold and say that I expect him to go and win.
For those who do not know, the Masters in an annual tournament held at the hyper-exclusive Augusta National club in Georgia, USA. It is the only of golf’s four ‘Major’ tournaments that is played on the same course every year. It is an incredibly tough but beautiful golf course.
Jordan Spieth is a young Texan, who loves his baseball, his football and basketball. He loves country music. I would not be at all surprised to hear that he loves Nascar. He seems to be an all American boy.
What makes him a little bit different is that in 2014 he is playing golf at an incredible level. In setting his record over the first two rounds, he is five shots clear of the rest of the field.
He is, in effect, destroying the world’s best golfers on one of the world’s toughest courses.
The idol of 21st century American golf was Tiger Woods – and he is now a tarnished idol. There have been some pretenders to the vacant throne but only now, in Jordan Spieth, has there been a candidate who looks like a genuine prospect.
Joyfully, Jordan comes across as a humble, down to earth young man.
This is a very difficult thing for a European golf fan to write – but I hope that Mr Spieth does win the tournament and continues to go from strength to strength.
Inspiration can come from the strangest of places. Who or what inspires you?
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