The final round of the 2015 Masters was an American classic.
Our nation’s next prodigy, a polite young man from Texas, strolled up the 18th fairway of Augusta National on a perfect Sunday afternoon, having slept on the lead since Thursday night.
If Jordan Spieth was anxious, he never showed it, not for a second.
There is a reason you almost never see a golfer go wire to wire in a major: Sleeping on a lead is not peaceful.
Spieth admitted sleeping Saturday night wasn’t easy.
But the kid with the smooth, if not a bit unorthodox, swing, never allowed the pressure to control him.
From the minute he stepped onto the first tee Thursday, he was controlling the ghosts of Augusta past, and the long swinging demons of the present.
When Spieth dropped the final putt on 18 to tie Tiger Woods for the all-time lowest score at The Masters, it was as much of a vision fulfilled, then a dream realized.
Dreams do not require work. Visions always do.
When he was 11 years old, he calmly told his parents about a vision to win The Masters someday. If not last Sunday, it would have been someday.
Spieth admits his family keeps him grounded, especially his special needs sister, Ellie, who kept asking him after every round if he had won.
But maybe the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship in 2010 was the most revealing aspect of Spieth’s vision to someday win at Augusta National.
At age 16, he was given an exemption to play in the pro event just outside of Dallas, Texas.
It had been a watershed week, and as Spieth approached the last fairway on his final round, he raised an arm to acknowledge the crowds.
His Jesuit College Preparatory School classmates positioned themselves to welcome him to the 18th green, kind of like his buddies from the University of Texas did this past Sunday.
Cheerleaders, who had been Spieth’s classmates at St. Monica Catholic School, wore their uniforms in support.
He chose a Jesuit classmate to be his caddie for the tournament.
Spieth contended into the final round and finished in a tie for 16th at 4-under-par 276.
Afterwards, some of his classmates were interviewed by the local media in Dallas. Joseph Gannon, 13, said he and his classmates had been praying for Spieth all week.
Gannon wore a Jesuit T-shirt and said he was proud to go to a school where Spieth attended. “Jordan is amazing.”
Another classmate, Zach Walker said, “It’s definitely good for Jesuit. He’s a great, great kid with great manners.”
There is an advantage to being well liked: Many people will pray for you.
An awful lot of golf fans are Jordan Spieth fans as well.