At the turn the 2016 Masters had the makings of a new course legend. Jordan Spieth who won the event last year in record fashion, seemed poised to wrap up another win today. Confidently handling the course challenge he surged to -7 for the tournament and a 5 stroke lead over Danny Willett. Suddenly in less than an hour the previously unflappable young champion lost 6 shots in 3 holes. It culminated with a stunning Quadruple Bogey on the 12th hole, twice hitting the ball into the water. He fell to -1, 2 strokes behind new leader Willett.
After the gap climbed to 4 shots , Spieth made a run with birdies at 14 and 15, but could get no closer.His chance to join only 3 others who won the Masters back to back was over…for now. It was Danny Willett instead who made history becoming only the 2nd Englishman to win the tourney. He joins Sir Nick Faldo who won 3 times. Fittingly Sir Nick was in booth doing the broadcast commentary as his countryman won the day.
As for Jordan Spieth this was a monumental meltdown that came as a complete shock to golf fans everywhere, and to the young man himself. It was clear he fought back his emotion afterwards as he told cameramen filming “not in the face” as he went to sing his scorecard. In the post tourney interview he painfully talked about his loss of discipline, and not sticking to plan as things begun to unravel on the course.
This can make him a better champion as his golf continues on. Last he had setbacks in the last 2 Majors also. He also was surpassed by Jason Day as world #1 golfer. By the end of the year however he was the FedEx cup champion and won a record 20+ million in prize money.
Once again the Masters tournament provided compelling Sports drama. It also reminded golf fans everywhere why the PGA Tour slogan from a couple of years ago is still true…”These guys are good”