AUGUSTA, Ga. — The green jacket belongs to Jordan Spieth.
Spieth finished off the first wire-to-wire victory at the Masters since 1976 with a dominating four-stroke triumph Sunday. About the only thing that didn't go his way was the final hole, where he made a bogey to merely tie the tournament scoring record. Tiger Woods won his first green jacket in 1997 with an 18-under 270. Spieth matched that score with a closing 70.
It was a thoroughly dominating performance from start to finish. Spieth seized control with an 8-under 64, the best opening round at the Masters in 19 years. Perhaps it was only appropriate that Spieth finished off a wire-to-wire victory with another record. He set Masters scoring records for both 36 holes (14-under 130) and 54 holes (16-under 210).
Spieth also set a Masters record with 27 birdies, two more than Phil Mickelson's mark of 25 from 2001. Spieth had gone to the 16th hole with a four-stroke lead on Justin Rose and a five-shot edge on Mickelson.
Mickelson and Justin Rose tied for the runner-up spot. Rory McIlroy was six shots back. No one got closer than three shots throughout the final round.
Spieth reached unprecedented territory at the Masters early Sunday evening. With a birdie at the 15th hole, he became the first player in Augusta National history to get to 19-under par.