It was hard to bet against Jordan Spieth winning his second straight Masters, as the 22-year-old’s career is still very much on the rise. He entered the final round on Sunday with a one-shot advantage. But on a course that’s designed to make the best in the world f*ck up, Spieth crumbled under pressure.
Spieth entered the day holding the lead for his seventh consecutive round at Augusta National. And it looked like Sunday was going to be another major victory for the young Texan, especially after extending his lead to five strokes on the front nine. However, the back nine, particularly Amen Corner (holes 10 through 12), became a rapid nightmare and Danny Willett took advantage.
Willett shot a 67 on Sunday to earn his first major championship, as Spieth quickly fell apart with bogeys on 10 and 11, and a horrendous quadruple-bogey on 12 that pretty much handed the tournament to Willett.
Spieth found the water twice on 12, an unforgiving par 3 for many. It was absolutely brutal—analogous to Rory McIlroy’s Masters blow-up in 2011.
Despite the collapse on 12, Spieth managed to fight back with birdies on 13 and 15, but a bogey on 17 would seal the deal.
Spieth didn’t want to talk much to the media following his round.
It’s strange to see Spieth so frazzled after completely dominating for the past year.
You can’t blame him for feeling the pain.
But ultimately, it was the Danny Willett Show. He quietly worked his way up the leaderboard with five birdies and no bogeys.
Also, Spieth might have already been drunk handing him the green jacket.
Don’t cry Jordan.
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