Clearly the Masters isn't over. The first round leader rarely wins a Major. But young Mr. Spieth seems uncommonly comfortable with the lead--kind of like another great player who need not be mentioned. But I just hope the naysayers will begin to appreciate just what this young man has done in the last five Majors and just how good he is. He is a great player. He is 29 under par at Augusta in his first nine rounds. Tiger was 21 under par for his first nine rounds.
I think what impressed me most from Spieth was the fact that he was the only man in the field to not make a bogey. I thought his smooth up and down for par on the first hole after a shaky start set the tone for the day. His par save on sixteen was huge. Going bogey-free in those conditions is definitely more impressive than birdieing a third of the holes he played. He's the only one who managed to do it.
I recently wrote a recent article suggesting it might just be time for another European win at Augusta, and there are a bunch of Euros at the top of the leaderboard after the first round. But tomorrow may tell the tale. If Spieth shoots another round in the sixties, and keeps putting like he did today, it just may be all over but the crying. It may be Deja Vu all over again.
And, just in case you think I'm stuck on Spieth, how about Sergio? Nice to see him in the hunt.