DALLAS -- The new face of golf is Jordan Spieth!
Yep, his hot run through the Masters saw TV ratings shoot up 23% from last year, even though the only drama was how many records Spieth would break.
The Dallas native’s bandwagon was overflowing on Monday with congratulatory tweets flooding in from local sports legends like Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, as well as Governor Greg Abbott.
Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on his 1st green jacket...been following his career since high school. #winner
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) April 13, 2015
Congratulations Jordan Spieth for winning the Master. 👍🏼
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) April 13, 2015
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 12, 2015
But the biggest smiles in town are probably back where Jordan got his start.
“I remember him when he was a kid, just starting out,” said Mark Harrison, the executive director of the PGA North Texas Section. “So to watch him yesterday put the green jacket on and see his parents, it was pretty emotional, I think, for everybody involved in golf in North Texas.”
But hey, maybe this whole thing was pre-destined back when he was 10 and played in his first Youth PGA tourney.
“The two nines that we played that day are Firewheel at Garland Bridges, and the two nines were Masters & Champion,” Harrison said, pointing to the document on his computer.
So it`s in our computer as 'Masters Champion!'It`s pretty crazy!”
Even crazier? Spieth finished a distant 22nd in that tournament.
Yeah, it’s been a long journey for the green jacket, so you might think he’s on top of the world now, but he says he’s not done yet.
“The ultimate goal that I`ve mentioned, I think, each week, is to try to become the #1 player in the world,” Spieth said right after winning the Masters. “I don`t think I am with this, I think that I`m still behind. I`m still chasing that.”
Well with destiny on his side and a green jacket in his closet, that just might be in driving range!