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

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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