By JUSTIN BAXLEY (@JbClusterSports)
Photo credit goes to CNN.
Going down the stretch at the Masters, it never felt like he was going to lose.
And he didn't.
Then fast forward one year, and going into the final round his name was at the top of the leaderboard. Sound familiar?
I'm talking about Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002. Woods won back-to-back Masters, following up a performance where he was pretty much in control heading into the final round with one where he was tied for the lead.
Now in 2016, we have a new player who is trying to become “the guy.” Jordan Spieth has lead in seven straight rounds at Augusta National.
Of course, last year, no one could have stopped him -- probably not even Tiger in his prime. This year he seems more human -- like he might fall prey to the tricks that Augusta National plays on helpless golfers.
Spieth was cruising towards another major when he bogeyed and double bogeyed the final two holes on Saturday.
The player behind him sure had a smile on his face as he saw Spieth tumble down toward him. Because, let's be honest, Smylie Kaufman was not running down a Spieth on Sunday if he were four shots back.
Now he only trails by one. Spieth has been here before, and if he is anything remotely close to Sunday Tiger, he should be fine (the Tiger that struck fear into the hearts of his competitor and had clinched the tournament before they ever walked on the course because his opponents had already accepted defeat).
Spieth has the chance on Sunday to do the same. He has the chance to use his killer instinct and end the tournament before others ever step on the course. If someone comes out early like Jason Day and puts pressure on him, then who knows.
But something tells me Spieth will be just fine.
For a guy who can barely order a beer after the tournament, he is in some pretty rarefied air. He will looks to win the Masters wire to wire two years in a row.
No golfer has ever done that. Not Craig Wood (the first to go wire to wire one time) not Jack, not Tiger (who has never won the Masters wire to wire), not Arnold, not Nick Faldo (he won back-to-back but never wire to wire) and not Raymond Floyd (the last to go wire to wire before Spieth last year).
For eight rounds no one could knock him from the top, and honestly, if he loses on Sunday it probably won't be because someone knocked him off. The only person who can stop Jordan Spieth is Jordan Spieth
Photo credit goes to the WSJ.