“Nothing succeeds like success.” Alexandre Dumas, French dramatist
“Winning breeds more winning.” Jack Nicklaus
“Now that the big guy is out of the cage, everybody better run for cover.” Arnold Palmer – after Jack Nicklaus won his first major at age 22, 5 months
Indeed, nothing in sports gives a player the boost that winning does, and the bigger the win, the bigger the impact on that player’s psyche.
Today Jordan Spieth has a chance to win the Masters at age 21, 9 months. If he does, he would build the kind of career momentum that could catapult him to the rarified air of a career double digit major winner.
In the Modern Era there are only two, Nicklaus (18) and Tiger Woods (14). Rory McIlroy, with 4 at the age of 25 and 11 months, has a great chance to join them. And so would Spieth should he win today because he seems to have the IT FACTOR, that special something that separates the all-time greats from everyone else.
About 9 hours from now we will have our answer. Did Spieth meet the challenge and set the stage for a mega career in golf, or did he melt under the heat and possibly join those with so much potential, but who could not do what matters most in sports: Close the Deal!