AUGUSTA, Ga. — Demons. Augusta Nationwide has greater than its justifiable share of demons. And despite the fact that Jordan Spieth made himself a champion right here at age 21, he may nonetheless use an exorcism sooner somewhat than later.
So when a reporter began asking a query Tuesday by saying, “Sorry to take you again to the previous,” the 28-year-old Spieth felt compelled to interrupt.
“That might be a superb factor or a nasty factor,” he stated. “However you’re apparently going into the dangerous route.”
Although Spieth’s line impressed a hearty interview-room snort on the Masters, there’s nothing remotely humorous about that “dangerous route.” In truth, it was a very dangerous route, and one the three-time main winner will always remember.
As defending champ in 2016, Spieth held a five-stroke lead with 9 holes to go and appeared to be a slam-dunk wager to affix Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the one males to go back-to-back at Augusta. After which the evil par-3 twelfth opened extensive and swallowed Spieth complete. He put two photographs into the water, not one, and his quadruple bogey all however secured one of many extra devastating collapses within the sport’s historical past.
Spieth did win the British Open 15 months later, however it’s exhausting to imagine he’ll really feel full closure on the Masters till he wins a second inexperienced jacket.
“I don’t really feel any injury from it at this level,” he insisted. “I get in that scenario once more and it makes me play the suitable shot, and I win the golf event due to it.
“I’m again right here, and for a few years I definitely considered it, was questioned about it quite a bit, however that solely lasted a few years. I feel in 2018 is the place I actually simply type of obtained again on observe. I made birdie on the [12th] gap on Sunday … and it was simply type of that second the place I used to be like, ‘All proper, I obtained this gap again.’ So I don’t assume a complete lot about it.”
Spieth stated that if he hadn’t gained the 2015 Masters, the meltdown would’ve had a extra profound unfavorable affect on him. Deep down, if he does really feel stress to make good on 2016, Spieth ought to be helped by two developments — one private, and one skilled.
The private? Spieth and his spouse, Annie, welcomed their first youngster in November, their son Sammy, whom he plans to convey to Wednesday’s Par-3 occasion.
“It’s superb,” he stated of fatherhood. “I’ve very a lot loved it. The primary couple months had been like, ‘What simply occurred?’ And the final couple have simply been actually enjoyable to look at him go searching and use his arms and simply develop.”
The skilled? Woods is within the area, a reality that eases the scrutiny on each different massive title on the board.
“I put sufficient stress on myself to wish to exit and compete,” Spieth stated. “It’s my favourite event. So I wish to play nicely. I feel [Tiger] taking part in and … doubtlessly taking part in nicely is simply typically, regardless of the place it’s, simply so good for the sport of golf and all of us. … He already had his comeback in 2019, however I imply, what number of comebacks has he had?”
Good query. Right here’s one other one:
Six years after catastrophe struck, is Jordan Spieth able to launch a Masters comeback of his personal?