Nicklaus on Spieth's win: 'Incredible performance'

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Jordan Spieth made a lot of history on Sunday, and a guy who knows a thing or two about winning the Masters was impressed.

"That was an incredible performance," said six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus in a statement. "It was so apparent that he learned down the stretch last year, but you have to remember, he was only 20 at the time.

"Now he's a grizzled veteran at 21 years old - just 21. Jordan is so beyond his years. I like everything about the young man. He's polite. He's humble. He handles himself so well, on and off the golf course. And 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 the game of golf."

Spieth will move to No. 2 in the world, one spot behind McIlroy, who finished fourth. Those two, along with Patrick Reed (24), Rickie Fowler (26), Hideki Matsuyama (23) and Jason Day (27) have been making plenty of noise on Tour the last two years and Nicklaus has noticed.

"I am someone who likes the new generations. I always have. I think it energizes the game of golf. We had Arnold's generation; then it came to my generation; then Tom Watson came along; and right on down the line to Tiger and Rory. And now we have Jordan Spieth. There are some older players who have been terrific for a long time, but actually this might be time for the young guys to take over."