Jordan Spieth is no longer haunted by blown masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Demons. Augusta National has more than its fair share of demons. And while Jordan Spieth made himself a champion here at 21, he could use an exorcism sooner rather than later.

When a reporter popped a question on Tuesday by saying, “Sorry I have to take you back in time,” Spieth, 28, felt compelled to interrupt.

“It can be good or bad,” he says. “But you seem to be walking the bad path.”

Although Spieth’s line at the Masters sparked a hearty laugh in the interview room, there’s nothing remotely funny about this “bad route.” In fact, it was a really bad route that the three-time Major winner will never forget.

As the defending champion of 2016, Spieth had a five-stroke lead with nine holes to go and appeared to be a slam-dunk bet to join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only men to go back-to-back in Augusta. And then the evil par 3 12th opened wide and swallowed Spieth whole. He put two shots in the water, not one, and his quadruple bogey all but secured one of the most devastating collapses in the sport’s history.

Jordan Spieth waiting to putt on the 18th green in the final round of the 2016 Masters.
Jordan Spieth waiting to putt on the 18th green in the final round of the 2016 Masters.

Spieth won the British Open 15 months later, but it’s hard to believe he’ll feel complete closure at the Masters until he wins a second green jacket.

“I’m not feeling any harm from it right now,” he insisted. “I get in that situation again and it makes me play the right shot and I win the golf tournament because of it.

“I’m back here and I’ve certainly thought about it for a couple of years, gotten a lot of questions about it, but it only lasted a couple of years. I think 2018 really kind of got me back on track. I made a birdie on that [12th] hole on Sunday… and it was just that moment where I was like, ‘okay, I got that hole back.’ So I don’t think about it much.”

Spieth said if he hadn’t won the 2015 Masters, the meltdown would have had a more profound negative impact on him. If he’s basically feeling the pressure to do well in 2016, two developments should help Spieth – one personal and one professional.

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The personal? Spieth and his wife Annie welcomed their first child, their son Sammy, in November, whom he plans to bring to the par 3 event on Wednesday.

“It’s amazing,” he said of fatherhood. “I really enjoyed it. The first few months were like, ‘What just happened?’ And with the last few pairs, it’s just been fun to watch him look around, use his hands and just grow.”

The professional? Woods is in the field, a truth that makes scrutiny of every other big name on the board easier.

“I put enough pressure on myself to go out and take part in competitions,” said Spieth. “This is my favorite tournament. So I want to play well. I believe [Tiger] playing well and… potentially playing well is just generally, no matter where it is, just so good for the game of golf and for all of us. … He already had his comeback in 2019, but I mean, how many comebacks has he had?”

Good question. Here’s another one:

Six years after the disaster, is Jordan Spieth ready to launch his own Masters comeback? Jordan Spieth is no longer haunted by blown masters


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