21 year old Jordan Spieth wins the 2014 Australian Open!
He shot a final round of 63, 8 under par, at a very tough and windy Australian Golf Club. Spieth’s 72 hole total score of 271, 13 under par, to win by a whopping 6 strokes. This was Spieth’s first trip to Australia and he certainly made it a great trip.
Spieth was quoted as saying his final round will be “an experience I will never forget.” Spieth also said “It’s the best round I have ever played, especially considering the conditions,” Spieth said. “It was just kind of one of those rounds when you’re in the zone and you’re not sure what you’re at. It’s nice that it came on a Sunday.”
Spieth had 4 birdies on the front nine to lead by 3 after 9 holes. He added 4 more birdies on the back nine to win by 6 strokes and seal his victory! His 63 was a course record on the redone Jack Nicklaus designed course. He became the first American to win the Australian Open since Brad Faxon won in 1991.
The World’s number one ranked golfer Rory Mcilroy shot 76 on Saturday and 72 on Sunday, to finish 15 strokes behind Spieth.”It’s been tough all weekend,” McIlroy said. “I was trying to get something going but with the pin positions and the wind, it was just very hard to get the ball close to the hole. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.”
Australian Adam Scott finished in fifth, place 9 strokes behind. Only eight players finished under par in the tournament. Rod Pampling shot 68 to finish in 2nd place. Former two-time Australian Open champion Greg Chalmers shot 71 to finish in 3rd place. Brett Rumford had a 70 to end up in 4th.
The Australian Open is the first qualifying tournament for the 2015 Open Championship and gives away three spots to the top finishers that are not already exempt from qualifying. The 2015 Open Championship will be held at St. Andrews. Pampling, Chalmers, and Rumford all qualified for the 2015 Open based on their finishes.
After four holes Chalmers and Spieth were tied for the lead at 6-under, but Spieth birdied the par-5 fifth hole, while Chalmers made bogey for a two-shot swing. Spieth then birdied 6 and 7 and managed some good par saves at 9 and 10. From there it was pretty much all over and he was on his way to winning the Stonehaven Cup trophy. It was Spieth’s 1st win of 2014 and 2nd of his professional career. He won the John Deere Classic in a playoff on the PGA Tour in 2013.