AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth is honest to a fault. It’s one of the many qualities that Spieth lovers everywhere find endearing.
Spieth’s five-shot lead vanished quickly Sunday on the back nine at the Masters. After four consecutive birdies to close out the first nine he bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 and, if you’ve been living in a cave and don’t know, he made a quadruple bogey-7 on the par-3 12th hole when he dunked two balls into Rae’s Creek.
Suddenly, Spieth found himself in a three-shot deficit.
“At one point, I told (caddie Michael Greller), I said, ‘Buddy, it seems like we’re collapsing,’” Spieth said matter-of-factly. “I wanted to be brutally honest with the way I felt toward him, so that he could respond with what was necessary to get us to rebound. And he did. I rebounded.”
Spieth made birdie on 15 to crawl back within two shots of the lead and had a putt on the par-3 16th hole to climb within a shot with two holes remaining. But he missed it and when he bogeyed the 17th hole his chances of a second green jacket were dashed.
“It was very, very cool what the patrons here did for me,” he said with a glassy-eyed look. “They almost brought me back into it.
“They believed I could do it and it helped me believe I could do it.
“We tried, but it was just one bad swing.”