AUGUSTA, Ga. – In 2016, Jordan Spieth stepped to the 12th tee in the final round of the Masters with a commanding lead. Seven strokes and two penalty drops later he was on his way to a painful runner-up finish.
Two years earlier he’d lost any kind of momentum on the same hole when he made bogey on his way to a 1-over closing nine and another runner-up finish at Augusta National. Even in 2015, when he won his green jacket, Spieth bogeyed the hole on Sunday.
That history explains why Spieth and his caddie Michael Greller high-fived after his tee shot landed 27 feet from the hole late on Sunday. That he would convert the birdie attempt, which pushed him to within three strokes of lead, was even more of a reason to celebrate.
“What we did on 12 today was really cool,” Spieth said “I mean, that hole, even when I didn't hit it in the water in previous years, I three‑putted in 2015 for bogey.
“To play a disciplined shot, probably the most pressure‑packed shot I've ever hit, the Sunday pin at Augusta and I know what I've done, and my history there, to stand in that kind of pressure and hit the shot to the safe zone to knock that putt in was massive for me going forward.”
Spieth also birdied three of his next four holes on his way to a closing-round 64, which left him two strokes behind eventual champion Patrick Reed.