Spieth dominates field to claim Australian Open
Jordan Spieth fired a course-record 63 in the final round to win the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.
The 21-year-old American finished at 13-under par, comfortably securing his second professional title to lift the Stonehaven Cup and finish six shots ahead of Australian Rod Pampling.Jordan Spieth became the first American to win the Australian Open since 1993 (Credit: Anthony Powter)
“It was the best I’ve ever played,” said Spieth of his flawless round, which included eight birdies.
“The putts kept going in there – I had a great time out there, no doubt and the best win I’ve ever had. To be able to spread out from the field is a pretty amazing experience.”
Spieth began the day as one of three leaders on 5-under, level with Australians Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers.
The Dallas-based Spieth produced peerless final round golf in what must go down as one of the best rounds in the history of the Australian Open.
Spieth’s round was nothing short of spectacular on a day where conditions were more than testing, reflective of his prodigious talent and capacity to shoot low when needed and to separate himself from a field.
“I salvaged every stroke possible today,” said Spieth, the 2009 and 2010 US Amateur Junior champion where he became the only multiple winner of that championship along with Tiger Woods.
Spieth took a grip on the final round, and the championship, with three consecutive birdies from the fifth to the seventh holes to go 9-under and lead overnight co-leader Brett Rumford by three at the turn.
Spite’s back nine was electric and he closed in style with four more birdies in his closing five holes to post his best tournament victory.
“There was nothing left out there and that’s very rare to find,” said Spieth.
“This is a great win for me and a great start to the season.”
Spite becomes the first American since Brad Faxon in 1993 to win the Australian Open. Last year Spieth won the John Deere Classic at age 19, becoming the first teenage winner of a PGA Tour event since 1931.
Pampling birdied the last two holes to clinch outright second spot at 7-under, one shot ahead of Brett Rumford, with two-time champion Greg Chalmers fourth at 5-under and a further stroke behind was Adam Scott who finished fifth at 4-under.
As an added bonus Rumford, Pampling and two-time winner Chalmers qualified for next year’s British Open as the top three non-exempt players.
Jake Higginbottom, Robert Allenby and New Zealand’s Ryan Fox were the only other players to finish under par in tough conditions.
World number one Rory McIlroy had a closing round of 1-over 72 to end the tournament on 2-over, tied for 15th.
The win pushes Spieth from 14th to 11th on the world rankings.