LAHAINA, HAWAII – Jordan Spieth may not have made peace with the par-3 12th hole at Augusta National but he made two deuces there in December.
It was at the famous 12th last April where Spieth’s bid to win a second consecutive Masters drowned when he hit two balls into Rae’s Creek, making a quadruple-bogey 7 that left him putting the green jacket on Danny Willett a couple of hours later.
In December, Spieth made his annual visit to Augusta National with a couple of members and when he reached the 12th hole, everyone knew the history.
Let Spieth tell it:
“First time back. I was very nervous when I got on 12 tee, and I hit an 8-iron over the bunker to about 15 feet. Greens were a little slower, and I left a lot of putts short.
“In the group, I was like, there was no chance I was leaving this short and I hit this putt to about 15, 18 feet. I was pumped to hit the green, and then I hit my putt and it just about stopped short on the front lip and fell in for two. I probably gave like a big fist pump. I was walking around with my hands up, like demon’s gone.
“And I went back the next day. We played it the next morning and I hit a 9-iron this time to a left pin, and it landed about three feet beyond the hole and it was really, really soft, and it sucked back and almost went in, right on the lip to about this far. So I got two 2s out of No. 12 the first time back. Last two times I played the hole, I made birdie.”
If you’re wondering, Spieth played from the member tees except at the 12th where he went back to the tournament tee.
When the round was over, Spieth did two things – he called his caddie Michael Greller (from the Butler Cabin of course because cell phones aren’t allowed on the golf course) and then he asked chairman Billy Payne for video of his two birdies.
“I know certainly there’s cameras out there, and I’ve requested footage from those two birdies. I haven’t received it yet. Saw the Chairman and requested some footage, because somebody was watching, I’m sure, when that happened,” Spieth said.