Story and Photos by Brian O’Hare
JORDAN SPIETH shot a final round hailed as one of the best ever to win an Australian Open on Sunday.
The 21 year old American certainly accepted his 8-under 63 course record on the very tough Australian Golf Club course as his best tournament round.
Spieth beat what was a world class field to take the 2014 Aussie Open by a massive six strokes.
He finished on 13 under with Rod Pampling (68) second on 7-under and Brett Rumford (70) third on 1-under.
Spieth was ecstatic to win a trophy containing the names of so many “hall of famers” as he said, and was also excited by what the experience of the win would mean to his long term quest to win some majors and become world No.1.
“What an incredible honour to put my name on here,” Spieth said. “With these conditions the golf course is very difficult. It’s definitely the best round I have ever played and the best win I have ever had.”
The fact that the current world No. 1 Rory McIlroy (72, finished at 2-over tied for 15th) and world No.3 Adam Scott (71, finished at 4-under in 5th place) were in the field made the win even more memorable.
“I can’t wait to be in contention and see what this week has done for me,” he said.
The young American impressed many with his on and off field demeanour and obviously clearly enjoyed his first trip to Australia, saying he would definitely be returning.
He was also amused to be told he was just four months old when the last American won the Australian Open, which was Brad Faxon in 1993.
“It’s been an incredible week from the moment we got here,” he said. “I love Australia, the fans were fantastic and the golf course was in top shape. What an experience, one that I will never forget.”
Jordan Spieth knew he had the Stonehaven Cup in the bag when he birdied the par-three 15th to move six clear of his playing partners Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford. The plan was just to hit “solid” shots on the stretch home but birdies on 17 and 18 were a welcome bonus