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Jordan Spieth’s 12th-hole collapse: ‘Nothing…harder on the eyes’ in golf history

April 11, 2016

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“Nothing on this golf course, or any golf course, has been harder on the eyes in the history of the sport than [Jordan] Spieth’s quadruple-bogey seven at the 12th,” ESPN’s Ian O’Connor writes in assessing the damage from Spieth’s epic Masters collapse on Sunday.


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Jordan Spieth’s Masters unraveling already had begun, but the 12th hole at Augusta National finished it. “They all have a name, none less appropriate than the one given to the shortest, yet most diabolical hole on the course. Golden Bell? Well, how about Golden Hell?” Bob Harig of ESPN writes in this story examining the diabolical 12th hole. “…the setting is almost serene, peaceful. But all who have played it and especially those who must endure the crucible of Masters pressure know it is anything but tranquil. The tricky winds, the narrow green, Rae's Creek ... add it all up and what you get is angst.”

“This will scar him. This will damage him for a while,” said Nick Faldo said in this story by Phil Casey of the Press Association. “We're all in shock with what happened to Jordan [Spieth]. In '96 you got the sense that Greg [Norman] was struggling, but it was bit by bit [Norman shot 78 and Faldo 67]. What happened to Jordan it was so sudden, just bam. It was 10 minutes of golf. That's the harshness of it.”

“Lee Westwood will probably go down as one of the most obscure runner-ups in major golf history. This Masters will be remembered for Jordan Spieth's collapse and Danny Willett's improbable victory. That's not what Westwood will take from it. At 42, he showed Sunday that he's still got game,” the Associated Press’ Paul Newberry writes about a man who once was a perennial contender in majors, without winning one.