AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth got more than redemption and a green jacket Sunday. He took his place among the best in the game with a Masters victory for the ages.
One year after Spieth lost a bid to become the youngest Masters champion, the 21-year-old Texan turned in one of the most dominant wins ever at Augusta National. He never let anyone get closer to him than three shots after his record start. He never gave anyone much hope on Sunday.
Spieth closed with a 2-under 70, missing a 5-foot par putt on the final hole that would have set yet another record. Instead, he tied the score set by Tiger Woods in 1997 at 18-under 270.
"This was the ultimate goal in my golf life," Spieth said.
The organization TGA — which stand for Teach, Grow, Achieve — runs after-school golf and tennis programs across the country for kids in grades Pre K-8. The program started in 2003 when Joshua Jacobs wanted to teach golf to underprivileged and special needs kids. The program began in Southern California, and is now in 2,600 schools across the country with more than 280,000 kids participating. TGA also offers a similar program for tennis.
Recently, I joined a golf class in Dallas. As a non-golfer, I fit right in with the eight other beginners in his class. We were put in four groups, each going to a different station. Mine went from chipping to long drive to putting to agility drills.
Spring has sprung, the birds are chirping, and top-notch golfers worldwide are getting ready to go to Augusta for the biggest and most prestigious golf event of the year: the Masters.
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Walking to the first tee at the PGA Junior League Golf championship, Team California fired themselves up with a chant that refers to themselves as “Mighty Mighty Cali.” They sure played like it in the finals on Sunday.
California took a big lead early on over defending champions Georgia. But on the final hole they found themselves tied. It took a seven-foot Andrew Bagasbas putt to clinch the title for California.
Kids on Team Georgia know that it takes hard work to become national champions of the PGA Junior Golf League. What makes it easy is that they get taught by kids from past teams that have been there and done that.
“They’ve all grown up under one group of champions to the next group of champions,” said Chuck Scoggins, the team’s coach. “They feel a legacy to continue.”
They’ll get the chance on Sunday.
Team Georgia cruised into the finals for the fourth straight year with a solid victory over Connecticut on Saturday. The kids won all three of their semifinal matches and will play in the championship Sunday against California. It’s the third straight year these teams have met in the finals.
The PGA Junior League Golf championship has only been around for a few years, and two teams have consistently stood above all.
On the first day of the 2014 championship, both dominated again.
Rory McIlroy says accomplishing something as part of a team is more fun than doing it on your own because you can celebrate with your teammates.