AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth sent shock waves through Augusta National Saturday when he made double bogey on the par-4 17th hole, finally giving the field a glimmer of hope after his lead had grown to seven just one hole earlier.
Fifteen minutes later he dazzled the patrons on the 18th green when he hit an amazing flop shot to 10 feet and ultimately saved par.
The 21-year-old has been on top of the Masters leaderboard all week and for most of the final round it appeared as if he was building an insurmountable lead. He blew his tee shot left on the 17th hole and punched out the approach shot just short right of the green. Spieth flubbed his chip shot, left his first putt 10 feet short, missed that and walked away with double.
“It was on the downslope, and it’s into the grain, which means that it’s hard to judge exactly how it’s going to come out,” Spieth said about his flubbed chip.
“I just barely caught the ground right at the ball and it had to be struck perfectly to be a good shot. It was harder than 18 probably, or about the same.”
Spieth’s drive on the final hole split the fairway but he hit a nervy approach well right of the green. He opted for the flop shot.
“That just took some guts, and having been in this scenario or having been in contention enough, having been on Tour for a few years, I felt comfortable playing that full flop.
“If you caught me a year and a half ago, I probably never would have played that shot in that scenario.”