For Jordan Spieth, it looked like the back-9 would be a coronation. Instead it was a complete meltdown and Danny Willett walked away with the Green Jacket.
After birdies on the final four holes of the front-9, Spieth moved to 7-under and opened up what looked like an insurmountable 4-stroke lead. Social media rejoiced what seemed like a foregone conclusion – Jordan Spieth had just won his second-straight Masters.
Not so fast.
Spieth then bogeyed Nos. 10 and 11 to fall back to 5-over. At the same time, Willett birdied back-to-back holes to pull within one shot of the lead.
And then the 12th hole happened.
Spieth hit his drive on the par-3 into the water.
Spieth then dropped for what would be his third shot. He moved back to 80-yards out so that he could take a full swing.
He chunked it and the ball barely even reached the water.
Spieth eventually needed seven strokes to finish the hole, a quadruple-bogey.
Here is the shot tracker.
In the span of about 45 minutes, Spieth went from 7-under and seemingly cruising to another major title, to 1-under and three strokes off the lead.
Spieth would make one last charge, with birdies on 13 and 15 to pull within two shots with just two strokes of the lead with three holes to play. But Spieth missed a makeable 5-foot birdie putt on No. 16. He eventually dropped one more stroke and finished in a tie for second place, three strokes behind Willett.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Spieth, as the defending champion, had to hand the green jacket to Willett.