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Spieth posts 18-under, wins Masters and Green Jacket

Final Round — The 79th Masters — Augusta National Golf Club — Augusta, Georgia —

Jordan Spieth captured a bevy of records at Augusta National Golf Club this week capped by the 21-year-old tying the 72-hole record at The Masters finishing 18-under overall.

Spieth led the way wire-to-wire — the first time at The Masters since Raymond Floyd in 1976. He also became the first Texan to win in two decades since Ben Crenshaw. He closed out the final round at 2-under-70.

Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Charley Hoffman failed to challenge the youngster, who will move up to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking come Monday morning.

Nobody was able to get within three shots of the lead over the weekend.

Mickelson (69 in the final round) and Rose (70) ended up T-2 at 14-under and four shots back of Spieth, who reached 19-under but bogeyed the final hole.

Rory McIlroy rallied with a 6-under-66 Sunday to finish alone in fourth place. He came up short in his quest the career Grand Slam. Rory shot 68-66 on the weekend. On Sunday, he played with Tiger Woods, who shot 73 and ended up T-17.

Hideki Matsuyama (11-under) shot 66 to record a Top 5, while Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson logged Top 10 efforts along with Charley Hoffman, Hunter Mahan and Zach Johnson.

Spieth, who set the record for most birdies during a single week at The Masters, opened the week as a 10-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com. He entered the week with back-to-back runner-up finishes after winning on the Florida Swing at the Valspar Championship.

Other Golf News:

  • Mickelson logged his 11th Top 5 at The Masters. That ties him with Woods for second-most all time behind Jack Nicklaus, who recorded 15 Top 5s in his career.
  • Defending champion Bubba Watson never had his going this week. He finished T-38 at 2-over.
  • The PGA Tour returns to action next week at the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head Island. Matt Kuchar is the defending champion.
  • Woods, who was returning after a two-month absence, said in his post-round interview that he would not be playing again for a while.
  • Mark O’Meara, a Masters champion, finished 2-under overall and T-22. Steve Stricker, returning from surgery back in January, was T-28 shooting 68 in the final round.