Saturday 24 June 2017

Spieth hopes hit by quadruple-bogey

Jordan Spieth of the U.S. watches his chip shot onto the 18th green in first round play during the 2017 Masters. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar
Jordan Spieth of the U.S. watches his chip shot onto the 18th green in first round play during the 2017 Masters. Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar

Phil Casey

Former champion Jordan Spieth suffered more Masters misery with a second quadruple-bogey in his last two rounds at Augusta National.

Spieth held a five-shot lead with nine holes to play 12 months ago, only to follow dropped shots on the 10th and 11th with a seven on the par-three 12th after hitting two balls into Rae's Creek.

And although the 23-year-old managed a solid par on the same hole in yesterday's opening round, he then ran up a quadruple-bogey nine on the 15th.

Spieth's approach to the par five span back off the green into the water and after taking a penalty drop, he hit his fifth shot over the back and followed up with a poor chip and three putts from 30 feet.

No player has ever made worse than seven on any hole in the Masters and gone on to win, although Spieth responded in style with a birdie on the short 16th.

He parred the final two holes to complete an opening 75 and admitted he will need a good round today to get back into contention.

"I'm going to probably need to play something under par, which puts a little added bit of pressure on because I was thinking even par for the (first) two days was a good score," he said.

"And now three over, I feel like I need to snag something tomorrow. But do it through patience and taking advantage of the par fives."

Asked about the 15th, Spieth added: "You think of it as a birdie hole and unfortunately I still thought of it as a birdie hole today and it really isn't when you lay up.

"I didn't take my medicine and hit it about 15 feet right with a club that takes the spin off. I struck the shot well, I just hit the wrong club."

Spieth was taken aback by the reception he received on the 12th tee, as well as the cheer when his shot safely found the back edge of the green.

"But I was relieved to see it down and on the green," he added. "And I guess everybody else felt maybe more than I did on it.

"But it was nice to make a three there and then four at the next. I really thought we had it going there and just made a club choice mistake but we're still in the tournament."

Irish Independent

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