People usually forget who comes in second, but when you implode like Jordan Spieth did during the 2016 Masters, they tend to remember it like it was yesterday. As expected, so does Spieth and he wants some closure. Speaking Monday night at the draw for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, the two-time major winner is already looking forward to this being over so he can move on.
”No matter what happens at this year’s Masters, whether I can grab the jacket or I miss the cut or I finish 30th, it will be nice having the Masters go by,” Spieth said. “The Masters lives on for a year. It brings a non-golf audience into golf. And it will be nice once this year’s finished from my point of view, to be brutally honest with you.”
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Spieth has never finished worse than second in his three Masters appearances, including his 2015 win in which he tied Tiger Woods’ 1997 72-hole scoring record of -18. But the costly quadruple bogey he made on the 12th hole during the final round in 2016 where he dunked two in Rae’s Creek en route to blowing a five-shot lead will live in infamy – or at least until he wins another green jacket.
“It would be best if I could reclaim the jacket,” Spieth said. “But I believe that I’ll be back up there sooner or later, just the way that we play the golf course, the success we’ve had and the comfort level I have there. Whether it happens this year or not, but it will just be nice because that tournament, it’s a 365-day thing. There’s no other Masters.”
The meltdown prompted immediate questions like how it would affect the then 22 year-old moving forward. In Spieth’s eyes, his confidence did exactly waiver considering the circumstances.
“We won in Colonial three starts later. So as far as affecting me on course when I’m in a tournament, I think that answer is clear… But as far as just having all the questions done, I’m pretty sure they will be,” he said.
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