AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth’s nightmare at Augusta National continues.
The 23-year-old famously made quadruple bogey on No. 12 in last year’s final round of the Masters as part of a collapse from a back-nine five-shot lead to a T-2 finish.
It’s a new year, but Spieth’s misfortune at Augusta hasn’t dissipated.
Spieth did conquer the 12th hole in his competitive return there in Thursday’s opening round, knocking his tee shot to 34 feet and two-putting for par. He then birdied the 13th to move to 1 under and a share of the lead.
Two holes later, though, another humongous disaster.
Spieth laid up on the par-5 15th but then rolled his third shot back into the fronting pond. He proceeded to airmail the green with his fifth, pitched his sixth well past the cup and almost off the front of the green and back in the water, putted some 6 feet short from there and left his ensuing stroke for triple bogey short.
From 1 under and tied for the lead two holes before, he was now 4 over and seven back.
This is now Spieth’s second straight Masters round with a quadruple bogey. And as hard as the last one was to get over, this one may be even more difficult.
All from a guy, too, that has finished second-first-second at Augusta the last three years. Golf is a cruel game.