This one will hurt, says Speith after meltdown
Jordan Spieth pauses on the 18th green before putting out during the final round of the Masters golf tournament on Sunday.
Augusta - Spieth will also have to clear all the bad thoughts out of his head
Where does Jordan Spieth go from here?
He could have been sailing along on the second act to one of the greatest years in golf history. Instead, the young Texan left Augusta shaking his head, and trying to figure out how to shake off one of the most epic collapses in the history of the game. It won't be easy.
"Big picture, this one will hurt," Spieth said, still sounding in a bit of shock outside the Augusta National clubhouse after it all slipped away. "It will take a while."
Not only will Spieth have to erase the memory of his splashdown on No. 12 - a quadruple-bogey 7 that included two water balls and turned a one-time five-shot lead into a three-shot deficit to the eventual champion, Danny Willett.
Spieth will also have to clear all the bad thoughts out of his head. Over the weekend, he played 31 holes of good-to-great golf and put himself in position for a second green jacket at the tender age of 22. Those other five holes were 17 and 18 on Saturday, then 10, 11 and 12 on Sunday. He went a cumulative 9 over on those and had bad swing thoughts that he simply couldn't overcome.
"The wheels kind of came off the last ... holes on Saturday," said Spieth.My confidence going into the first hole was fantastic," said Spieth, who made four straight birdies to hit the turn at 7 under, in the lead by five strokes. "But listen, I had my 'B-minus' game tee to green. Ultimately, you have to have your 'A' game every single part, and I just didn't have those iron swings, as it showed on the back nine."
All of which set up an awkward award presentation in Butler Cabin, which was then replicated on the practice green in front of the clubhouse. First, Spieth had to present the green jacket to Willett in front of the television cameras.
Then, he had to do it again for the patrons.