Masters phenom Jordan Spieth expected at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old who set records on his way to Sunday's victory at the Masters, is expected to be in the field at Sawgrass in three weeks.
Spieth set Augusta scoring records for 36 holes (130) and 54 holes (200), and a bogey on the final hole Sunday meant he had to share the record for 72 holes (270) with Tiger Woods. He had the lowest start by a champion (64). He made more birdies (28) in one tournament than anyone in 78 previous Masters.
"It's the most incredible week of my life," Spieth said. "This is as great as it gets in our sport."
Spieth is playing in this week's RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.. After taking one week off the tour, he plans to play in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play tournament in San Francisco, then The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, nicknamed the fifth major.
Spieth turned pro in late 2012 without a PGA Tour card and no idea where the road would take him. It led to victory as a 19-year-old rookie, to being selected as the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup, to the final group at the Masters in his debut last year and losing a two-shot lead with 11 holes to play.
That finish allowed Spieth to join the field at The Players last year, where he finished 10 under in a tie for fourth place with Justin Rose.
Those paired with him in Augusta last week were impressed with Speith.
"He's way more mature than I was at 21, and a hell of a golfer and a great person as well," Rory McIlroy said.
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