Jordan Spieth carried a four stroke lead into Sunday at the Masters. When it was all said and done and the jacket was presented, Spieth was supposed to be up there, collecting his second green jacket, securing his place in golf history. Instead, he was trying to prevent a media circus (and in the process, creating one with comparisons to Cam Newton)by working around press questions about “How did this happen?”

But how did this happen?

The biggest collapse in golf history outside of the Kevin Costners’ in Tin Cup was immediately preceded by four straight birdies heading into the tenth hole. I repeat, four straight birdies. Thru nine on Sunday, Spieth was 7 under. Eventual Masters Champion Danny Willett was two under through this point in his round earlier.

Spieth then opened up the 10th hole with his second shot entering the bunker, proceeded by a two putt for bogey. The 11th hole was another bogey, this time with his drive going into the woods, proceeded by another two putt.

Then came the 12th hole, where Spieth recorded a quadruple bogey in a collapse viewed by millions. His drive: splash into the water. His drop for three: splash into the water. His drop for five: not the water, but instead the sand. A chip out of the sand put him at six, and a putt scored Spieth a seven, four over par for the 12th hole par three. The quadruple bogey was the dagger to Spieth’s lead.

So what’s next for Jordan Spieth? Luckily, Spieth has a long career ahead of him. S

pieth is only 22 and has been in the top 10 in six of his last nine majors since 2014. Even Jack Nicklaus offered his words of advice and encouragement that Spieth will rebound. The next open on the P.G.A’s tour will be the U.S. Open in June at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania, a course with fast greens where Spieth, Willett, and other golfers’ putting ability will be put to the test.

I have confidence that Spieth can rebound. If there is anything I have learned from golfing, it is that golf is as much of a head game as anything else, and one bad hole can be shaken off, even if it is Sunday at Augusta.

 

Shawn Valdrighi

Spark Sports Analyst