With a five-shot lead at Augusta National on Sunday, Jordan Spieth came undone, scoring a quadruple-bogey 7 on a par-3 12th hole to open the door for eventual champion Danny Willett.
Matt Adams reacted to that 12th hole in the same manner as millions did across the country.
“I was shocked,” the NBC, Golf Channel & Sirius XM golf analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think everybody was shocked by what happened to Jordan Spieth – although he had already given us an indication that there were problems. When he started the back nine – 10 and 11 – and has bogeys on both of those, clearly mechanically, if not mentally, there was a breakdown in the system. And 12 is such a difficult little par-3 that the tee shot that funneled down into the brook, Rae’s Creek – that wasn’t quite as shocking to me, believe it or not, as was the next shot that barely made it even over the front edge of Rae’s Creek. That was the one where I think just stunned silence kicked in for everybody.”
Spieth, 22, was seeking his third major championship of the last calendar year and was trying to become a back-to-back, wire-to-wire Masters champion. Instead, he fell victim to one of the greatest and most sudden collapses in Masters history.
And maybe we should have seen it coming.
“I believe that Spieth came into this Masters tournament with already some mental baggage,” Adams said. “I think that he was already feeling the weight of expectation. Whether that expectation came internally or externally can be discussed at great length obviously, but I believe that Jordan Spieth came in searching for something. He was – through grit and determination and tenacity that defines him – able to overcome it through the first three rounds, notwithstanding the way that he finished Round No. 3. But I think Round No. 3 was an indication, was a glimpse, into what was going on in the inner-mechanism. When he played on Sunday and had that front nine, everybody said, ‘Everything’s fixed, he’s okay, here we go.’ But as it does, Amen Corner reveals what’s going on in a player’s soul – and it was revealed through Jordan Spieth. So I still think that Jordan Spieth is searching for something, and I think that the year that he had last year was so exceptional and so over-the-top that he’s trying to get back to that place.”