Masters winner Jordan Spieth says his next career target is to become golf’ no.1 ranked player following his heroics at Augusta.
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Spieth became the second-youngest player in history to claim the famous green jacket, and he did so by shooting the lowest score in the history of the tournament.
His impressive performance at Augusta has left many questioning not if, but when the American will overtake Rory McIlroy into no.1 spot in golf’s world rankings.
Spieth isn’t getting too far ahead of himself, however.
He says grabbing the no.1 spot is a definite goal, but admits he is still a long way from reaching the peak of the sport.
“The ultimate goal that I have mentioned each week is try to become the No. 1 player in the world,” Spieth is quoted as saying by New York Daily News.
“I don’t think I am with this. I think that I’m still behind, and so I’m still chasing that goal. It’s going to be very difficult, but to be a large step closer is huge.
“I don’t know what necessarily to expect,” he added. “I don’t expect to change the way I’m playing. Just try and get enough rest and enjoy this and whole year being Masters champion.”
Spieth was typically diplomatic when speaking of hunting down McIlroy and said he will never be able to match the Northern Irishman’s long drives.
But the youngster says he can make up the difference elsewhere.
“Rory has got four majors and numerous wins,” he said.
“That’s something I can still only dream about. I’ll never hit it as far as he does and I have to make up for that somewhere else.”
Spieth’s brilliant putting game is definitely an area where he could close the gap on McIlroy, but it will be interesting to see how well he deals with the added pressure of being Masters champion for the remainder of the season.