Spieth makes shocking 9 in return to Masters after prior-year meltdown

In his first competitive round back at the Masters following his meltdown in last year’s final round, Jordan Spieth produced another crippling second-nine quadruple bogey.

Spieth made a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 15th in the first round of the 2017 Masters on Thursday, taking him from in contention early in the tournament to spinning in search of momentum and firm footing.

With his third shot into the green on the second par 5 on the second nine at Augusta National, Spieth found the water in front of the green. His ball found dry land but then spun back in the water down the shaved bank.

After taking a drop, Spieth’s attempted pitch went too far, going beyond the green and close to No. 16 tee with his fifth shot. On his sixth shot, Spieth hit his chip too hard, running down the green and nearly rolling back into the same hazard he had already found.

The 2015 champion had a bit of bad luck with his double-bogey putt as it appeared to hit something on the green, bouncing up and leaving an 8-footer for triple bogey, which he missed.

Spieth went on to birdie the par-3 16th, earning tough pars on the final two holes to shoot 3-over 75, in line with the field average on a difficult Thursday.

The quad gives Spieth such a score in each of his last two competitive rounds at the Masters. Last year, Spieth found Rae’s Creek twice on the par-3 12th in the final round, turning what was a five-stroke lead to begin the final nine into a deficit he couldn’t overcome.

 

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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