Aus Open Moment #5: The greatest round ever?

AS we gear up for the 2016 Australian Open, we look back at what is widely considered the greatest round in the event's history.

GENESIS is the Official Vehicle Partner of the 2016 Emirates Australian Open and to celebrate this partnership the Genesis Golf Link Cup is turning the clock back to relive some of the greatest moments in Stonehaven Cup history.

2014 - jordan spieth's sizzling Sunday

Many believe it to be the greatest final round ever played in an Australian tournament, and there’s no question the 8-under 63 carded by Jordan Spieth to close out the 2014 Australian Open was one for the ages.

On a windy and difficult day at the Australian Golf Club, the soon to be two-time major winner clinically dismantled one of the nation’s most difficult championship layouts.

After starting the day with a share of the lead, Spieth rolled in eight birdies with no bogies to decimate the field and win by six strokes in what he described at the time as the best round he had ever played.

The pre-tournament talk had all been about a rematch between the previous year’s combatants in Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, but by the end of 7 2 holes it was Spieth who was the hot topic.

Yet, as impressive as his final round was, it only proved to be a catalyst for even bigger achievements.

Five months later, within an hour of winning the Green Jacket at Augusta National, Spieth singled out his Australian Open performance as key in his first major triumph.

“It was a special week for me and obviously did a lot for my career”, he said in his post round Masters press conference. “Without it, I may not be here right now.”

Spieth came back to defend his crown in 2015 and came up just short as Matt Jones hung tough to win his first Australian Open.

The 23-year-old superstar will be in Sydney again next month as he takes aim at a second Stonehaven Cup at the Royal Sydney Golf Club – but it is his 2014 performance, and everything that followed, that will forever tie the Texan to Australia’s national championship.

This article originally appeared on genesisgolflinkcup.com.au.

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