AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth did what many have done before; He had a meltdown in the middle of Amen Corner. But not many have been as vicious and as high profile as the one Spieth experienced Sunday at Augusta National with a one-shot lead standing on the famous 12th tee.
Spieth floated his tee shot and it hit the bank and rolled back into Rae’s Creek. He took a drop and chunked his next shot directly into the creek again. After another drop Spieth blasted the shot into the back bunker, then got up and down for a quadruple-bogey 7.
Really the angst began two holes earlier. Spieth held a five-shot lead but made consecutive bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 first.
“I didn’t take that extra deep breath and really focus on my line on 12,” he said. “Instead I went up and I just put a quick swing on it.
“That was the right club (9-iron from 150 yards), just the wrong shot. I was more comfortable hitting a draw with my iron. I knew every time I played a fade this week, that shot kid of came out.”
The tee shot on 12 is excusable, the nasty, fat, chunk-shot into the creek the second time was not.
“I wasn’t exactly sure what to do there,” he said. “It went in so far to the right that if I could go behind the drop zone I could have gotten to a number that I liked, similar to 2014, where I ended up saving bogey.
“Instead, I didn’t want to drop it at 65 yards off the downslope into that green. That’s just a number where you can’t get the full spin. I wanted to get it to a number where I could have it end up where it landed. It would take a skip and come back. So I wanted 80 yards. I’m not really sure what happened on the next shot. I just hit it fat.”
And lost a chance at a second consecutive green jacket.