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Former Longhorn Jordan Spieth wins Australian Open

(Image via TexasSports.com)

(Image via TexasSports.com)

SYDNEY, Australia – Former Longhorn Jordan Spieth won the Australian Open on Sunday after playing the best round of his career with an 8-under 63. He won the Open by six strokes, making him the first American to win the Australian Open since 1993.

“The Australian Open Golf Championship has a legacy of great champions,” Texas Head Coach John Fields said. “Nicklaus, Player, Sarazen, McIlroy, Scott, to name a few.”

 

 

The Australian Open is the first qualifying tournament for the 2015 Open Championship and offers three spots to the top finishers not already exempt.

Spieth beat out Rod Pampling, who shot a 68 to finish second, two-time Australian Open champion Greg Chalmers who finished in third shooting a 71 and Brett Rumford, who finished fourth.

This marks Spieth’s first win of 2014 and second of his pro career after winning the John Deere Classic in a playoff on the PGA Tour in 2013. He was runner-up in the Masters and had eight top-10 finishes in 24 PGA tournaments.

“Jordan Spieth understands the significance of this great win,” Fields said. “All Longhorns and Texans can enjoy his fabulous achievement.”

Spieth played at Texas in 2011-12 and helped lead the Longhorns to the National Championship in 2012.

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.