Jordan Spieth misses the first cut of Masters in heartbreaking fashion

Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele each missed the cut at Masters 2022.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – It started as a hilarious exchange of press conferences.

“I’m sorry to take you back to the past,” the interviewer began.

Jordan Spieth glanced at him. “It might be a good thing or a bad thing, but it looks like you’re going the wrong way,” he said, unmoved, drawing laughter from the crowd.

This was Masters Tuesday at Spieth’s pre-tournament press conference. He looked confident. He looked excited. He didn’t seem daunted by the question that followed, an investigation into the long-term damage caused by Spieth’s infamous double-bogey 7 on the Sunday of the twelfth hole of the 2016 Masters.

“Since I’ve won, I don’t feel any harm at this point,” he said. “Ideally I find myself in that situation again, and it makes me play the right shot, and for that I win the golf tournament. For a couple of years I certainly thought about it, I was questioned a lot, but it only lasted a couple of years “.

Spieth added that he exorcised his demons at number 12 in 2018 when he made a back-nine charge towards the command which featured some heroics from the 12th hole.

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“I pitted birdies on Sunday [in 2018] maybe get to six under or something through 12 and I ended up getting down to nine down to 16, and that was just that moment where I was like, ‘Okay, I made up this hole.’ So I don’t think about it much. “

Spieth’s record at the Masters, he said, helped ease the heartbreak. He already owns a green jacket. He entered this week with five absurd top three finishes in eight career starts. There weren’t many reasons to let No. 12 persecuted him. Augusta National was where he performed better than any other course on the planet.

“It doesn’t even come to mind anymore,” he said.

How much Spieth must wish Masters Tuesday.

On Friday, our hero was in a great position as he headed for the back nine of Augusta National. He sat one over par, just a handful of shots from the lead and well away from the cutting line. The wind was swirling but Spieth was fighting and had already passed number 11, the toughest test of the course.

Then he moved on to the 12th tee. In Spieth’s press he suggested that he could take the same blow again and win the tournament thanks to what he had learned. You cannot win the Masters on the 12th hole on Friday. But you can definitely lose it.

Upon impact, Spieth knew something was wrong.

“Go,” she pleaded. “Go! Go! Go!”

It did not go. Spieth’s ball didn’t even make it into the front bunker. Instead it hit the bank and rolled back into Rae’s Creek. He turned to caddy Michael Greller, dismayed.

“I just went straight, absolutely flabbergasted,” he said.

He took a short drop to the left of the green, choosing his favorite yard. It did not work. Spieth’s next shot landed short and right, barely threatening the green, and he was back in the water. The stakes were lower, the conditions tougher, but the result was the same as in 2016: Spieth had deposited two balls at Rae’s Creek, torpedoing his tournament hopes.

The fact that Spieth was going up and down from there was a small consolation. Six is ​​definitely better than 7, after all. However, suddenly he was four years old for the tournament and right on the cutting line.

Spieth stood still from there. He has deposited his he approach at no. 13 in the water but he got up and down for par. He also made par at 14, 15, 16 and 17. he reached the 18th tee in need of a final par; four overs were guaranteed to make the cut while five overs had an outside chance.

What happened next happened quickly: Spieth found the left fairway bunker, cut it out, missed the green, crossed the hole with a chip and missed the comebacker. Double bogey 6. Round two 76. Missed cut.

And now? It would not be entirely correct to identify Spieth as the only victim of the number 12; six players made double bogey or worse on Friday alone. Plenty of pros have fallen victim to the complexity of Amen Corner, including Tiger Woods, who scored a 10 at number 12 the last time he played the tournament. If you’re giving Spieth the benefit of the doubt, he played the most confusing hole on the course at probably the most confusing time of day, with swirling winds and splashing balls.

Spieth did not speak to reporters after his tour. But it was clear that his hole served as a warning to those around him.

“I was lucky enough to finish third on that hole today. I saw Jordan flip one in the air and hit it in the water, ”said Viktor Hovland, Spieth’s playmate.

“Ahead of us, Jordan hit two in the water, so it wasn’t a great view,” added Rory McIlroy.

In other words, as much as Spieth’s competitors felt for him, they were mostly glad that his mistakes weren’t their own. On the wrong side of the cut line, here’s how it goes.

Will come back.

Dylan Dethier

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Dylan Dethier is a senior writer for GOLF Magazine / The Williamstown, Massachusetts native joined GOLF in 2017 after two years of mini-tour struggles. Dethier graduated in 2014 from Williams College, where he graduated in English, and is the author of 18 in Americadetailing the year he spent as an 18-year-old living from his car and playing golf in every state.

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