Jordan Spieth heard from “some of the world’s greatest athletes” about how to bounce back from his stunning collapse at the Masters.
He also heard from regular folks around town in Dallas.
“I’ve got ladies at the grocery stores putting their hand on me and going, ‘Really praying for you. How are you doing?’” Spieth told reporters Tuesday. “I’m like, ‘My dog didn’t die. I’ll be OK. I’ll survive. It happens.’”
Spieth was in suburban Pittsburgh, at FedEx’s corporate headquarters, to celebrate his 2015 FedEx Cup title. The company made a $1 million donation in his name on behalf of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
It was the world No. 2’s first public appearance since he blew a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters. Most shocking was his quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3 12th, when he hit two balls in the water.
Spieth said that his miss all week was a shot off the heel that drifted right and came up short, and his tee shot on 12 was “just bad timing.”
His only appearance since has been on Snapchat, where he joined Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman on a spring-break trip in the Bahamas.
“We were having fun; we were relaxed,” he said. “We were able to play golf and golf was kind of secondary to the relaxation part of the trip.”
Spieth said that several high-profile athletes reached out to him following the Masters, but he declined to name specific players.
“I received notes immediately following that night pretty much saying, ‘This happens everywhere. No doubt, you’ll be back. Don’t draw on it. It happens to everyone in all sports on different levels,’” Spieth said.
While he was in town, Spieth planned to play nine holes Tuesday and an 18-hole practice round Wednesday at Oakmont Country Club, site of next month’s U.S. Open. He will play next week's The Players Championship, where he knows that his Masters disappointment will remain a hot topic.
“If you’re in contention at a major, say, 50 times in your career, something like that is going to happen,” he said. “Just don’t let it happen again.”