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Masters champion Jordan Spieth featured on this week's Sports Illustrated cover
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Masters champion Jordan Spieth featured on this week's Sports Illustrated cover
Scooby Axson
Tuesday April 14th, 2015

Robert Beck for Sports Illustrated

Jordan Spieth may be golf's next big thing. Only time will tell.

If last weekend's impressive Masters victory was any indication, the 21-year old Dallas native will be atop many leaderboards for years to come. The Masters triumph was his third PGA win since turning pro in 2012.

Spieth's four-shot, wire-to-wire victory at Augusta wasn't just dominating—it was simplistic in the way he went about his business.

That dominance was a far cry from last year when Spieth, admits he was overly anxious. "I got in my own way," he says.

Spieth's became the second youngest Masters champion ever and set tournament records for the lowest 36-hole and 54-hole score.

He also tied Tiger Woods’s Masters 72-hole record at 18-under (Woods won by 12 shots in 1997).

During Saturday's third round, Spieth found himself struggling, double-bogeying the 17th and missing badly on the approach on 18.  He ended up saving par with a shot that "took some guts."  He calls it one of the biggest putts he has made.

But the biggest putt of Spieth's young career came in the following round, when he essentially clinched the championship with an eight-footer on the 16th hole.

"Didn't care about my posture. Didn't care about the mechanics. It was all feel-based," Spieth says of the putt.

The Spieth era in golf has now begun, and it doesn't look like it will be slowing down anytime soon.

• ​Tour Confidential: Jordan Spieth's Historic Masters Victory

For more on Spieth, check out this week's Sports Illustrated (subscribe here).

Also in this issue: The NFL draft preview, including profiles on hopefuls defensive end Shane Ray, running back Ameer Abdullah, wide receiver Amari Cooper and defensive tackle Michael Bennett, and the Connecticut women winning another national championship.

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