Jordan Spieth’s “best ever” round conquers 2014 Australian Open

Jordan Spieth AO win 595

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

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

Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling and Brett Rumford (not present) were the lucky recipients of the three places up for grabs at the 2015 British Open at St Andrews
Greg Chalmers, Rod Pampling and Brett Rumford (not present) were the lucky recipients of the three places up for grabs at the 2015 British Open at St Andrews

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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