Spieth stumbles in Augusta's water again
JORDAN Spieth thought he had exorcised his Augusta demons when he first carried the water on the 12th hole, then made a comfortable par.
It was his first visit, in completion, to the famed hole since his Masters meltdown last year when he twice plopped his ball in Rae's Creek and took a seven, costing himself back-to-back titles.
But Augusta, Spieth and quadruple bogeys seem to be now forever linked after the Texan took an unbelievable nine at the par-three 15th in Thursday's opening round.
There was water involved again - his third shot, after laying up, spinning back viciously into the black, inky pond at the front of the green.
But then there was a duffed chip and three horrible putts that sent Spieth tumbling from the top of the leaderboard, again. He finished with a three-over par 75.
"Yeah, very difficult. You think of it as a birdie hole, obviously being a par-five. And unfortunately I still thought of it as a birdie hole today and it really isn't, when you layup," Spieth said.
"So I didn't take my medicine, and hit it about 15 feet right with a club that takes the spin off. Instead I was stuck in the 15 is a birdie hole mentality, and it kind of bit me a little bit.
"I struck the shot well, I just hit the wrong club. I used a club that would spin instead of one that would maybe take the spin off."
As a Masters winner Spieth gets to play every year "until they ask me to stop".
But his affinity with Augusta may be on the wane. His last four rounds have all been over par, having never finished in the negative in any of his previous nine there.