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Legend Jack Nicklaus is ready to usher in a new era of golf

Published 14/04/2015

Rory McIlroy, one of the young guns of golf, admired so much by legend Jack Nicklaus
Rory McIlroy, one of the young guns of golf, admired so much by legend Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus believes it is time for the "young guys to take over" after Jordan Spieth's record-breaking Masters victory on Sunday.

Nicklaus was hugely impressed by Spieth's four-shot win over Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson, which saw him set 36 and 54-hole scoring records, equal the 72-hole record set by Tiger Woods in 1997 and also become the first player ever to reach 19 under par at Augusta.

The 21-year-old, who was second last year, moved from fourth in the world rankings to second behind Rory McIlroy as a result and that means the world's top two players have a combined age of 46. In comparison, Mickelson is 44 and Tiger Woods is 39.

"That was an incredible performance," six-time Masters champion Nicklaus said. "Jordan is so beyond his years. I like everything about the young man. He's obviously a wonderful player and now a Masters champion.

"I think Jordan Spieth is a great person - just as I think Rory McIlroy is - to carry the mantle for this great game of golf.

"There are some older players who have been terrific, but this might be time for the young guys to take over."

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