On The Punt

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Get used to Jordan Spi­eth’s name high up on the Ma­jor odds board, with the 20-year-old con­firm­ing his sta­tus as golf’s break­out star at this year’s Masters. The kid has un­de­ni­able game, but there’s also an air of wish ful­fil­ment swirling around him – Amer­i­can golf wants a new leading man, and this clean-cut Texan looks the part. Spi­eth, who first made a cut on the PGA Tour at 16, has long been ahead of the curve de­vel­op­ment-wise, but some last-round wob­bles while in con­tention re­cently are a cu­ri­ous sign: just lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, or in­di­ca­tor of a deeper tech­ni­cal or men­tal is­sue? Vet­eran pros have re­marked at Spi­eth’s ma­tu­rity level, the clas­sic old head on young shoul­ders – whether it helps him to fig­ure out the old­est form of golf, played on sea­side links, re­mains to be seen.

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