AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth’s mental toughness on the golf course has become a hallmark of his young career, so it’s rare when the 22-year-old concedes an outright blunder. But on Thursday at the Masters, there was no sugarcoating his play at the 11th hole.
“I should not have hit the shot I hit,” smiled Spieth, who opened with a 66 for an early lead at Augusta National.
Spieth’s drive sailed into the trees right of the 11th fairway and he explained that his options were limited.
“It was going to take a pretty special shot to go low and at the green to get within 100 yards of the green, and if I went out kind of sideways or punch‑slice territory, I could have maybe gotten it to where I was 125 yards,” he said.
Instead, against caddie Michael Greller’s pleas, Spieth cut a 4-iron through a gap in the pines he estimated was about 10 square feet and onto the green.
“So I liked the option and Michael didn't, and I said, ‘Just trust me on this one,’” Spieth said. “That was one of the best shots I've ever hit in tournament competition given where it was, and there was no camera or anything to see it. I was laughing afterwards, that's how kind of dumb the decision was, and pulled it off.”
Spieth made par on the hole, which improves his average on No. 11. Coming into this week, Spieth has played the 11th in 2 over par, his second-worst record on any hole at Augusta National.