AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – This time, it was the par-5 15th hole at Augusta National that got Jordan Spieth.
Spieth was grinding away Thursday at the Masters, in touch with the leaders, when he made a quadruple-bogey 9 at No. 15.
Last year, as the world remembers and keeps reminding him, Spieth made a quadruple-bogey at the par-3 12th hole while leading in the final round of The Masters, spoiling his chance of winning a second consecutive green jacket.
He handled the 12th hole on Thursday, making a routine par, but trouble erupted three holes later.
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With the westerly wind howling directly in players’ faces on the 15th, Spieth laid up with his second shot. His first mistake came when his third shot spun back off the green and into the pond.
From there, Spieth hit his fifth shot over the green, pitched back to 29 feet away and three-putted. From even par to 4 over in minutes.
The good news, if there’s such a thing when a quadruple bogey is involved, is Spieth managed to shoot 75, which left him 10 strokes behind first-round leader Charley Hoffman but just four strokes out of fourth place on a wicked first day.
“You think of (No. 15) as a birdie hole, obviously being a par-5,” Spieth said. “And unfortunately I still thought of it as a birdie hole today and it really isn’t, when you lay up.
“So I didn’t take my medicine and (try to) hit it about 15 feet right with a club that takes the spin off. Instead I was stuck in the 15-is-a-birdie-hole mentality, and it kind of bit me a little bit. I struck the shot well, I just hit the wrong club. I struck it very solid, I used a club that would spin instead of one that would maybe take the spin off.
“I moved up a few – 10, 15 yards on the next one and I clubbed down and that one just didn’t hit the same wind. But you don’t have much depth there, and I obviously wasn’t going to hit it in the water again. So just went over and from there it’s very difficult.”
Spieth said he expects even par through 36 holes to be a good score going into the weekend, though Hoffman’s opening 65 reset the leaderboard late in the day.
“It looks something like single digits might win this tournament. And I certainly can post single digit under par at this point – got three rounds to go,” Spieth said.