2014 Masters: Jordan Spieth Playing Beyond His Years At Augusta

By Mike Cuddy
Jordan Spieth, The Masters
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After coming out with a first round 71 and -1 under for the tournament, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth finds himself in position to make a run at his first green jacket at the 2014 Masters. A large part of his success today began on the green, where most of the field had early trouble dealing with slower green speeds. Spieth, who is ranked 4th on the tour this season in putts per hole, was able to capitalize on three birdie opportunities and finds himself only three shots back of leader Bill Haas.

Spieth is currently ranked 13th in the world and has risen quickly through the rankings after bursting onto the scene with his come from behind win at the 2013 John Deer Classic. Since that win Spieth has had 13 top 10 finishes with no wins. Can he continue his unlikely run and win his first Major here at Augusta?

He did not seem overwhelmed by the mystic of Augusta through his first round and if he can avoid a second round stumble, he should be able to play himself into contention heading into the weekend. In order to get there Spieth will need to overcome playing against his much older and experienced competitors. Though this did not seem to bother him too much as he played alongside former champion Rory McIlroy on Thursday, and was able to shoot a matching 71.

Spieth will be a good one to keep your eyes on as we head into day two tomorrow. He certainly has the skills to win this tournament, though it will be interesting to see if he can keep his head on straight and keep himself in the top of the field heading into the weekend.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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