Three years ago, Jordan Spieth came to Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida just an 18 year old freshman and the University of Texas. Competing in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Spieth won by eight shots for his first collegiate title highlighted by a 63.
Fast forward three years and once again Spieth found himself at the exact same golf course but in a much different scenario. Since his first time at the course, the now 21 year old left college, earned his way onto the PGA Tour, won twice worldwide and found himself in the 18 player Hero World Challenge.
There were some similarities as well. Once again, Spieth found himself shooting a 63 and looking and the only scoreboard on the course as he made the turn with a large lead. This course was also the location of another first for him. His 10 shot win was his first stateside in 2014 and it came on the final week of the 2014 calendar year for the golf world in the U.S.
In addition, he set numerous tournament records, including lowest total score (26-under), first wire-to-wire finish in event history, and largest margin of victory at the event at 10-shots. His 22-under par score was two shots lower then previous record holder and event host, Tiger Woods who shot 24-under at Sherwood in 2007.
Oh and Spieth was also battling jet lag and the effects of playing in and winning the Australian Open just one week earlier.
“Whether my emotions showed it or not I’m not sure, but inside we were really very pleased with the year and how it came to a close,” Spieth said. ”This caps off the best golfing year that I’ve ever had.”
Spieth entered the final round with a seven shot lead and quickly came out and birdied three of his first four holes to put any doubt, or shot for that matter, that anyone else had to bed.
”It was the most fun I ever had playing nine holes of golf,” Spieth said.
Who could blame him either. He was about to do something that not only nobody else had done in the history of the event, but he made it look easy in the process.
“It was a one-horse race,” said runner up Henrik Stenson. “All the rest of us had to do was battle it out for second, really.”
The win also vaulted Spieth into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings to end the 2014 calendar year, putting him a little closer of his ultimate goal of catching Rory Mcllroy for that coveted World number 1 spot.
“I think I did a good job of starting that chase these last couple weeks,” Spieth said. “That’s only really the beginning of what needs to happen for the ultimate goal, which is to overtake him.”
That chase will have to take a few weeks off as Spieth and the golfing world waits for the PGA Tour to resume it’s schedule in January, but you can certainly say that Spieth is on the right track.
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