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Author Name: Robert Smith
American Spieth wins Australian Open by six shots
Spieth carded a sizzling new course record of eight-under 63 to finish the Aus$1. Spieth was runner-up at the Masters last April behind fellow American Bubba Watson, just missing out on being the first Masters rookie to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. Spieth took a grip on the final round with three consecutive birdies from the fifth to the seventh holes to go nine under and led overnight co-leader Brett Rumford by three at the turn. With his comprehensive victory, Spieth's world ranking is expected to climb from 14 to 11. He speared through a narrow opening but was unable to get up and down, the double-bogey leaving Scott five behind Spieth at that stage. Defending champion McIlroy, who beat Scott with a birdie at the final hole at Royal Sydney last year, struggled with the course and the windy conditions and failed to make a final round charge, finishing joint 15th, some 15 strokes behind Spieth. Spieth joins past winners of the Stonehaven Cup such as greats Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman, Tom Watson and Peter Thomson. Last year Spieth won the John Deere Classic at age 19, becoming the first teen winner of a US PGA Tour event since 1931.

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