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THEY’RE the pinnacle events in the game so it’s no surprise some of the most memorable moments of every golf year come from the major tournaments.
In this look back, we recap one of the most fascinating meltdowns in Masters history.
Sometimes tournaments are memorable for the brilliance of the play and sometimes it’s just the opposite. April’s Masters was one of the latter.
Jordan Spieth had all but sealed the deal on a second-straight green jacket when he walked to the 10th tee Sunday with a five-shot lead.
Playing just his third Masters, Spieth had proved himself somewhat an Augusta National specialist with a runner-up and a win in his first two outings and a second victory beckoning.
Which only makes what happened over the next hour all the more shocking.
A bogey at 10 was far from insurmountable and another at the next was no great cause for concern either.
JORDAN SPIETH TALKS SWING THOUGHTS:
But what happened at the devilish par-3 12th is already a part of the game’s folklore.
Spieth hit a poor 9-iron that pitched short and rolled back into the water, a surprising shot at the time but, like the two previous bogeys, not fatal.
His next, though, cost him the tournament. Spieth took his drop some 75 metres from the flag and proceeded to hit an inexplicably amateurish chunk that barely made it to the water fronting the green.
It was the sort of shot double-digit handicappers hit every week but for a touring professional of Spieth's level? Perhaps once every 10 or even 20 years.
Another drop and three shots later, Spieth had amassed an ugly 7 to lose the lead and, ultimately, the tournament.
While the American fought bravely despite the shock of what had happened, England’s Danny Willett grabbed his opportunity with both hands.
A brilliant birdie at 16, followed by the most crucial up and down of his career at 17, and Willett had claimed his first major.
Undoubtedly a memorable Masters.
COACH PETE COWEN TALKS ABOUT STUDENT AND MASTERS CHAMPION DANNY WILLETT: