On Sunday in Augusta, Georgia, the nation watched as a 22-year-0ld golf prodigy did the opposite of what everyone watching him expected to see. Jordan Spieth led by 5 shots at 7-under, and made the turn to the back nine after sinking four straight birdies. All he had to do was playing par golf to collect his second consecutive Green Jacket. However bogeys on 10 and 11 brought him back within striking distance to the rest of the field. He went to the tee at number 12, and disaster struck.
Spieth’s quadruple bogey 7 on number 12 opened the door for Englishman Danny Willett. The 28-year-old Brit shot a bogey-free final round 67 en route to his first Masters title and first ever win on the PGA Tour. Nobody expected him to win, especially after Spieth had such a commanding lead with just nine holes left to play.
Such a devastating collapse in the most famous event in golf can crush a career. How Spieth responds is yet to be seen. He has more than enough talent to compete in every tournament he plays in. However to have future success, he’ll have to shake off the most soul-crushing loss he’s ever endured.