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Jordan Speith

Jordan Spieth became the second-youngest champion of the US Masters, tying Tiger Woods’s record for the lowest score in the event’s 81-year history at 18 under par.

The 21-year old made his debut at the tournament only last year, coming runner-up to Bubba Watson.  This year he produced the performance of a lifetime to stamp his dominance on the game.

Irishman and world number one, Rory McIlroy was the undisputed favourite going into the tournament with many tipping him to be only the sixth man to win the Grand Slam of all four of golf's majors.

But it was Spieth, the new world number two, who dominated the headlines each day, equalling Tiger Woods's winning score of 18 under in 1997, when the former world number one won his first Green Jacket.

He also became the first player in 39 years to lead a Masters from start to finish, and the first to shoot 28 birdies at the tournament.

“It was the most incredible week of my life,” Spieth said. “This is as great as it gets in our sport. It’s a dream come true for me. To shoot some low rounds and so see some putts go in out here and to hear the roars, it was remarkable.”

As well as winning the coveted green jacket, Spieth also wins a cool $1.8 million for the victory. It’s been a dominant stretch for Spieth, who had a win and two runner-up finishes in his three previous tournaments and will climb two spots to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking behind McIlroy. He moves past Bubba Watson, who had been the highest-ranked American after winning two of the three previous Masters titles.