Jordan Spieth tied or broke several Masters and major-championship marks during his impressive win at Augusta National, but you can add another unofficial record to the list: Longest answer to a question at a press conference. Ever.
At the end of his media Q&A Sunday, Spieth was asked to "go through the card" before leaving. This is a customary question at press conferences with a customary answer in which the player runs through his round, but usually only briefly to describe any birdies or bogeys. But not Spieth. He was happy to give an extremely detailed account of his final round.
Good thing Jordan had plenty of water. Here's the transcript:
MODERATOR: Would you please be kind enough just to go through the card?
JORDAN SPIETH: Sure.
I hit a 3âwood off No. 1 tee box and had a good kind of smooth 9âiron into the green. Tried to bleed a little fade. Got it to land where I wanted and putt where I wanted to, which was a very straight putt coming right back up the hill. Justin obviously made his putt to start ,and it was really nice to drop one on top to start the round.
2, I hit 3âwood to stay short of the bunker. I picked a shot each day to stay just short of that bunker. I think I was driver once and 3âwood the other three days. I actually had a good number into the green, and so I took a 3âwood out again. No part of me was going to lay up there. I hit a really good shot that just needed to be maybe two or three yards shorter when it landed and it may have fed close to the hole. Instead it was above the hole. Should have pitched it; decided to putt it. Didn't get it all the way down there and then misâread the second putt. 3âputt there for par.
No. 3, I laid back with a 5âiron off the tee. Had a pitching wedge into the green, which was a little too much club into that hole. Ideally I would have liked to have been up further. But I hit the pitching wedge on a number, got it to where it was a putt that if it would at least be a par, if not a birdie; it's a sucker pin, and just hit one of the better putts I've ever hit. I hit that putt five times in the practice round knowing that that's where I wanted to be. And I fed it out there and it broke five feet from a 12â, 15âfooter. It fed out there and went in in with perfect speed in the middle. I gave a little fistâpump after that, excited to be two under through 3 and be back even with Justin on the day.
4, I hit 4âiron in, stayed just above the ridge. I was 225 yards adjusted, I think. Hit a putt a little past it and made that 4âfooter, kept it in the right side of the hole.
5, I hit 3âwood off the tee left, which was not ideal. Tried to hook a 7âiron around the trees. Didn't quite get enough hook on it, so I left it in a spot that you don't want to be. Didn't get the chip on the green and that's really all I had to do. Left it just short and it was actually a good bogey from there, a good 2âputt. Made a nice 6âfooter for my bogey, which could have saved the round right there.
6, I hit a 6âiron. Tried to fade it in. I hit it really straight and it ended up pinâhigh which was three or four feet higher from the front of the green, so it was a little easier putt. Hit a really good putt in there and tapped it in. That's the kind of stuff I was looking for all day.
7, I hit driver right again and hit a 6âiron through a little gap in the trees, which may not have been the smartest move, but I didn't really like any other options at that point. Got a bit unlucky because if it wasn't into either of the sand traps, it would have been a pretty easy upâandâdown. Instead it's in between and I don't have a stance. I'd be interested to see a picture of that. Half my feet were dangling over the bunker. I was just standing on my toes with the club almost on my toes and hit actually a really good pitch to get it to a makeable length. It's just a tough putt. It's another one you have to cast out to the side, and it's a feelâbased putt. I just didn't quite hit it hard enough to hold its line. So that was two bogeys in three holes to get back to even. I was disappointed at that time.
8 was a big tee shot. If I hit it in the bunker there, I hit it in the left rough; then it makes the hole a lot harder. It was a big tee shot to hit in the fairway. I hit a hybrid out there just short of the green. If I had killed a hybrid it may have chased on. Otherwise it was going to be just short and I had a very basic upâandâdown. Just a straight pitch up, funneled probably the left side of the hole and made about a threeâfooter to get back under par.
Good drive on 9. Hit 8âiron into the green. Stayed up by a rotation. Last year, it seemed like it was one rotation from staying up. And at that moment when I went up and marked that ball, I said, "This could be a differenceâmaker." Like it was just last year versus this year. I felt more comfortable. That ball stays up. Last year it came down. It was just symbolic in a way. Made par there. Rosey had a threeâputt and that gave me a fiveâshot lead going to the back nine. I was aware of that at the time. I was trying to play Rosey match play from there.
I hit 3âwood off 10. Hit a good 8âiron in below the hole. Got it left of the pin. Hit a putt that broke leftâtoâright, and it went in with perfect speed to really steal one there. You don't necessarily expect to birdie 10. I think I birdied it three times this week. I played it three under and that's a hard hole. That was the key hole I think for me this week.
11, hit a bad drive. Had to clear the crowd out. It was nice because it was almost gravel over there and it was mowed down. So I knew if I could just get something running with a 4âiron, it would chase up towards being even with the front of the green and I would have about a 30â, 40âyard pitch straight up the green. I got a nice little hook on that second shot and it got down to the base, too. It couldn't have hit a better shot, second shot on 11. I didn't have many other options and a lot could have gone wrong there if it just catches a pine needle and goes up in the air and hits a tree. It could have been a big number. Hit a great, great pitch and was in a good position, but left it to where it was just a 2âfooter right center. Ideal and really just stole a stroke back. Felt like I stole one on 10 and 11. Really with where I was, statistically should have been 1âover. Instead I was 1âunder on those two holes.
12, I hit it over the bunker instead of like last year going at the pin and hitting it in the water. Hit it in a good spot, just too aggressive. Kind of a dumb 3âputt.
Hit 3âwood off 13. Got a nice little hook on the ball and a really good bounce to get up there to a comfortable 5âiron in. I think 13 were the two biggest shots I've ever hit in my life. Coming off a 3âputt and Justin being in a pretty good spot off that tee, I needed to do something. I needed to birdie that hole, because otherwise I think I would have droppedââ Phil ended up making eagle, but it would have been around three strokes or something with five or six to play and anything can happen here. So I missed the 5âiron a little. I was trying to go a little left and just kind of hit it a little straight, kind of hit it a little off the toe. I was yelling, you know, "Get up, get up." When it landed, from my angle, I thought it hit short in the water and all of a sudden the roar came up and the pitchmark was right on that little peninsula. And there was another moment where I thought, this could be destiny, just like No. 9. This was symbolic. Last year I missed a short birdie putt and now I had a good look at eagle. It's nice to get a birdie.
14, I hit a drive and I hit a 7âiron in I thought was going to be good when it landed, but it pitched over down the slope, still in a good spot to twoâputt from. Made about a threeâfooter.
15, I hit driver and I was left with the same scenario I had two other times that week, round one and round three, and that was a number where if I hit a good, solid 4âiron, it's perfect. And if I go to hybrid, it's probably too much club but it's not in the water. But if I miss a 4âiron, it could very easily go in the water. First day I chose hybrid when I probably should have hit 4âiron. I ended up making bogey from over the green. Yesterday I hit a 4âiron and just hit it really solid, led to a tapâin, a twoâputt birdie. But today I wasn't going to hit 4âiron. I was going to make sure I was over the green at that point and I put a really good swing on a hybrid, picked a straight line. When I hit it, I thought maybe it would catch some breeze or fall a little short, and it actually carried past the pin and went over the green. Hit an average chip. Ideally would have liked to have gotten it past the hole to where I was below the hole. But I didn't carry it far enough. It hit short of the green and came down a little bit and then made a really good 6âfooter that had to start outside the hole. Pushed it a little and it still stayed on the right side.
16, I was trying to hit a smooth 7âiron. Could have been an 8âiron, but at the time the wind was kind of flipping. If I knew that it was going to be down, I would have just ripped an 8; instead we hit to 7. Justin hit a 7, I think he hit a 7âiron, and when he hit it, he thought it was long on his line up on top of the slope, and instead it just actually pitched short of the pin. That changed actually what I thought about the shot. I was just going to hit a nice smooth, high fade off the pin and drop it short right of the hole there and there wasn't going to be any trouble with it. Instead I thought I had to hit it harder because I thought maybe the wind was doing something different or whatever. Just came over the top. Then I got over that shot and I'm sitting there going, this is I think Tiger in 2005. This is the shot. Let's chip this thing in. I think that's arguably the greatest shot that's ever been hit in major championship golf given the time and what it meant for him. And I was sitting there looking at a little easier chip, but the same kind of pitch it up; missed the chip and had a fiveâ, sixâfooter that I had to play about six inches outside the hole on, or maybe even a foot. At that point, I was with my putter. Didn't care what it looked like. Didn't care my posture. Didn't care the mechanics. It was all feelâbased. I was seeing the line. I was seeing the arc of the putt. Same thing on 15, and just going with it. Fortunately they were good strokes and they started on my line and that one went in the middle, and that's whenââ that was maybe the biggest putt I've ever hit. Given that leftâtoârighters downhill have been my nemesis, those are putts that I miss right 90 percent of the time I miss them, and oftentimes look up and get out of them a little early. I stayed with my head down on that putt and just said, you know, this is a huge moment. Let's knock this thing in. After Justin missed his, and it was almost like a tease for him; could have been a twoâshot swing, instead, allâsquare.
17, I drove it. I hit 7âiron again. Wanted to just make sure that I landed on the green. Flushed that one up in the air and it got it really easy. It got it below the hole with a 15â, 18âfooter, couldn't have asked for more. Putted it up there to an inch, tapped in, went to 18 with a 4âshot lead. My driver today was not what I wanted it to be. I was just slapâshotting it at the end. Didn't feel comfortable ripping straight balls, which is ideally what I like to do. Towards the end of that round, I was just kind of taking it back and just coming over the top and hitting a little heelâcutter. But that's all I needed towards end of the day today and that's what I hit on 17, and really that's what I hit on 14, 15, 17 and 18. Got it over in the pine straw and instead of hitting back to a wedge, I knew I could get a 5âiron at least into the bunker. If it gets in the bunker then I can just blast it out on to the green. If you have a wedge in, you never know if you're in a divot and you can miss the green. Just differentââ I knew I could get it up close to the green and that was going to be the best option. It curved over to a perfect spot and at that point I knew I had won the tournament. After I got that 5âiron out, I kept my head down before that. I wasn't enjoyingââ I was enjoying the ride and the intensity of the round because that's what we play for. But it didn't creep into my mind that I had won the tournament until I hit that second shot on 18 and walked up there. And I said to Michael before we walked up to that chip, I said, "Mike, I think we just did it." He says, "No, you haven't yet. Don't say that. Just go up there and hit the chip." That was perfect. That's what he should say there. Got up there and hit a chip and obviously would have liked to just make the putt to finish in style, but I think I had four of them at that point. So that was really, really cool to be able to walk up to the green with a few shots to spare and not worrying about anything and being able to enjoy that walk, soak it in. I'll never forget watching the front of the hole as the last tapâin went in the front edge. There was no need for crazy celebrations. At that point I was just really, really pleased with the whole week, being out on top, being able to stay on top and to conquer my favorite tournament in the world.
MODERATOR: Jordan, congratulations.
Get all of that? At least, it wasn't your weekend golf buddy giving you a blow-by-blow of the 87 he carded at the local muny that "could have been so much lower."
No, this was the Masters champ, and he was pretty excited to talk about winning his first green jacket. Can you blame him?