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Jordan Spieth three-putting from three feet will make you audibly GASP

Now that we're less than one week from Masters Thursday, the absolute last thing Jordan Spieth needed was any bad thoughts to creep into his head, especially on the greens, where Spieth has struggled this season.

Unfortunately, those issues reared their ugly head on Friday at the Valero Texas Open, where Spieth crept into the top 20 thanks to a four-under through 14 holes start to his second round. At the par-4 sixth, Spieth's 15th, he was well on his way to remaining at four under for the round and for the tournament, having chipped his third to three feet. Easy par territory.

Not quite. The three-time major champion proceeded to lip out the par putt on the left edge, then he went to clean up the kick in bogey and he lipped out on the right edge. Three putts from three feet for a double bogey. Good luck not audibly gasping at this:

Man, that is tough to watch. There was once a time where Spieth would ram that thing off the backboard and practically sprint to the next tee and never look back. But it's the short ones that have started to give him fits, usually a sign of a little too much going on between the ears. From three feet this year, Spieth is 171st on the PGA Tour, and he's 150th from five feet. In the strokes-gained/putting category, he's 141st, a shocking standing for a player once regarded as the best putter on earth. 

On one hand, you could say this is a terrible sign for next week, where some of the shortest putts on the course break a ton and things can get messy rather quickly. On the other hand, you could argue it's good he's getting it out of his system now. Glass half full. Things of that nature.