Master’s champion Jordan Spieth is ready to put the U.S. back on top of the golfing world.
The 21-year-old reminded us of a young Tiger Woods with his title-winning 18 under par at Augusta National Golf Club playing the type of game that the great Phil Mickleson described as ‘having no weaknesses’.
Rory Mcllroy may be top of the world rankings but the cavalry charge is on its waywith seven Americans in the world’s top ten performers.
Speith lies in wait at number two in a top twenty that includes 13 of his countrymen.
After a disastrous Ryder Cup last year a revival in the fortunes of U.S. golf at the very top was essential but by no means guaranteed.
Speith was crowned King at Augusta and Jim Furyk, at the ripe old age of 44 has just won the RBC Heritage trophy at Harbour Town.
Veteran Furyk beat fellow American Kevin Kisner on the second play-off hole to win his first PGA title since 2010.
The revival has started. The pressure on Mcllroy is increasing and who is to discount Tiger woods reminding us of former glory days over the next few months?
Jordan Spieth has certainly put America back on the world map.
His intelligence and character have warmed him to both fans and playersincluding the present pack.
When a legend like Phil Mickleson says that Speith has the game to handle pressure, you just have to sit up and take note.
He said: “Some players are able to perform at their best when the pressure is on, some players aren’t. Jordan Speith can”.
This year could prove decisive in determining the state of American golf.